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Individuals who are faced with the prospect of autoimmune disease may have many questions about the autoimmune diagnosis, causes and even cures for this disease. The uncertainties may often lead to the questions that have been answered below by Experts.
What is autoimmune disease?
A disease, in which the person’s own immune system begins to attack the tissues of the body, is what makes up the autoimmune disease. The immune system is in place in order to attack foreign condition such as infections; however a series of events in the autoimmune disease redirects the immune system to attack the tissues n which it normally protects. Generally in autoimmune diseases it is the
in the blood that are working against the tissue of the body.
What kind of autoimmune disease has symptoms of hair loss over the entire body except beard/mustache area?
There is an autoimmune disease called Alopecia Areata that manifests in hair loss. It is typically a non-scaring hair loss and can show up in different patterns with the loss of hair over the body. The cause of this autoimmune disease is not known and generally individuals who have this disease are otherwise healthy. Individuals with this autoimmune disease may see hair loss and regrowth occur several times.
What autoimmune disease presents with loose stools, patchy skin, brittle hair and nails, vitamin D and B12 deficiency, fatigue, severe joint pain, hernia issues and problems with digestion?
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis often occurs when the antibodies in the body begin to attack the tissues of the
. This destruction may result in
. When hypothyroidism is present the symptoms of patchy skin, brittle hair and nails,
, joint pain, etc. may be seen. Malabsorption syndrome may be present with symptoms of loose stools and vitamin deficiencies. Celiac and pancreatic disease can be components of malabsorption. In order to get a definitive diagnosis testing should be completed so that the treatment may begin.
How is autoimmune disease diagnosed?
Autoimmune diseases are diagnosed first by the symptoms that may be exhibited such as joint pains, rashes, fevers, hair loss, fatigue, etc. After the symptoms are present the next step is often blood tests. It is common for rheumatologist to be consulted in order to make the autoimmune diagnosis.
Is it possible for someone to have autoimmune disease and HIV at the same time?
An autoimmune disease and HIV may be present at the same time. It is however possible to contract HIV and independent from that develop an autoimmune disease. The odds that they both would occur at the very same time are slim. However, if a person currently has an autoimmune disease they may contract HIV if they have been exposed to it just like a person does not have an autoimmune disease.
Having good information about autoimmune disease may help when dealing with many questions. Experts may help answer many questions relating to what autoimmune disease treatment is or what autoimmune disease prognosis may be. Get answers about autoimmune disease by asking an Expert today.
Recent Autoimmune Questions
When you get a urine culture result back that reads:
When you get a urine culture result back that reads: Multiple organisms present, each less than 10,000 CFU/mL. these organisms, commonly found on external and internal genitalia are considered to be colonizers. No further testing performed. WHAT does this
mean? Do I need to get a new urine culture. I"m worried about things to turning into a kidney issue. I'm getting a slight pressure to pee feeling today which could just be stress because overall I'm stressed out and so far haven't found the best doctors where
I just moved to yet. I've had alll kinds of muscle aches and pains and these geniuses insisted on running bloodwork on me due to that and then said because I had an ANA titer of 160 I should see a rheumatologist and I could have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Funny it should all coincide with my moving someplace without a job in place. At this point I've asked someone who's lived for a referral that's hopefully good but in the meantime it would be good to know if this was a failed urine culture or not.
I am a 36 yr old female and have been quite sick for
Hello I am a 36 yr old female and have been quite sick for 4 weeks. I have been to ER twice they have not found much just low potassium on first visit and then large leukocytes in urine on the next. I was given antibiotics by IV and sent home. Anyway it started on June 7th when I got up to pee I suddenly felt very sick and faint. I had to lie down while my body got heavy and I thought I was dying but it turns out it was a pre faint and I did not actually black out. Since then I have been dealing with intense nausea at night with rapid heart rate and often feeling weak or faint. The burning and nausea seem to originate from the upper middle abdomen. My appetite has been zero and my heart rhythm irregular during the day it is usually very slow and feels weak or I get palps. I have seen a gyno because at the time I was having an irregular period that lasted two weeks. The gyno removed a benign polyp. Even after period stopped the symptoms persist and are making me so sick and miserable. I am at a loss at what to do. I do have an apt scheduled with an end doc on the 6th.
Dr Bray, I am asking a question friend, Brian.
Hello Dr Bray, I am asking a question for a friend, Brian. He has some odd symptoms popping up. A few days ago he had fatigue and a sore throat. He soon got an odd lump on his neck that would change in size, going up and down, and currently its about 2.5
inches in size. He went to a health clinic at his job and they looked at him and took some blood. I will include the results of his blood work as an attached file. Any ideas what it could be, does it sound serious? I guess they noticed some issue with his
thyroid, but I am not clear on what they found so far. Thanks Dr Bray.
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