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Autoimmune Disease Questions
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
My son has had a rash that seems to recede and flare up. He
My son has had a rash that seems to recede and flare up. He has been tested for Lyme and had other blood tests and all were normal except for one marker that indicated inflammation. The doctor thought viral infection. The rash recedes and then flares,
mainly on chest and back in oval shapes. He went back to doctor and he thought rash looked like pityriarosea. He took more blood and tested for Herpes as well. My son has joint pain (mild-that disappears with ibuprofon) always concurrent with the rash. The
rash seems to recede and flare at times. The rash flared up and he got worse after he went running. It's been almost 4 weeks. Other than joint pain he does not feel sick and is fully functional. Can this be pityriarosea and even if Herpes is negative could
it be caused by another virus? He has a dermatologist apt. in two weeks. My son is 21 years old and at college. He is waiting for 2nd batch of blood tests.
Hi. I really hope you can help me. My mother started having
Hi. I really hope you can help me. My mother started having elevated wbc in late july. Urine was infected upon dipstick. Started cipro. Would not cure it. Culture always clean. Did three rounds of cipro back to back for month. Then heard crackle in chest. Started levaquin ten days. Two shots rocephin injections after that. Wbc goes high as 16.2 n comes down to 13.8. We are in hospital now for one week. Came in with inflammation on right lower lung and kidney stone. Started iv antibiotics. Uti vanished. Lung problem wont go away. Changed antibiotics now to vancomycin and meropenem to work together for four days now. Wbc goes up then comes down. Oxygen began at 96%. Now at 90%. Doctor completely puzzled. Started flomax to open bladder. Brand new uti today again. Did c.t scan of lungs. Showing scarring consistent of grandulomatous disease chronic. Heart fine n not enlarged. Some bronchial enlargement. No cancer seen. Dry cough and utis and chronic fever and night sweats and insomnia and some mental confusion upon fevers. She is 80years old. Diabetic and osteoperosis. She overall feels well. No shortness of breath upon walking. Infectious disease called in three days ago. Checking for tb. We have since been put into isolation awaiting results. Counts aren't high enough to suggest leukemia. Met with infectious disease this morning and he told me thst he was sure of one thing, that he had no idea what is going on with her. Said if she were younger, she would be a research study. Says there is a piece of the puzzle missing and he would welcome any input I could find. Can you lease help me at all?
A recent blood test shows I have low Neutrophils (29) and 0.9
A recent blood test shows I have low Neutrophils (29) and 0.9 Absolute. Age 77, good health, eat balanced diet, no smoking or drinking. Anything I can do about this? I have a doctor (internal medicine), don't know if it's worth bothering her.
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