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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
I have recently experienced a good deal of hair loss, to the
I have recently experienced a good deal of hair loss, to the point where the crown of my head has a very small nearly bald spot -- not as noticeable elsewhere, however.
I changed my diet a great deal in mid-July, beginning the Fast Metabolism Diet -- gave up Diet Pepsi (of which I'd been drinking a LOT) entirely. I have drunk nothing other than water ever since. Also, no fast food, candy, corn, or gluten. Instead, I eat grains, lots of green vegetables, a variety of fruit, and no more than 6 ounces of meat per meal.
My weight loss is quite pleasing -- slow but steady. Since mid-July, I have lost 30 pounds.
I am female, age 61, and take 137 mcg of synthroid daily -- I take no other medicines besides a multivitamin and 2000 of Vitamin D (per recommendation of my thyroid doctor).
The hair loss has returned to normal rate, but I do not yet have new hair growth. My question is whether my hair will begin to grow again on its own or even at all. Is there anything I can or should do in terms of medical treatment?
I have noticed that my scalp is itching a bit, moreso in the crown area than elsewhere. Is that by any chance a sign of hair growth soon to come?
I am a 45 year old female..have irregular menstrual
hello..I am a 45 year old female..have irregular menstrual bleeding, some pelvic discomfort...had heavy bleeding/clots about 6 months ago...now just irregular, sometimes really short cycles, sometimes spotting inbetween. I had an ultrasound that showed thick endometrial lining and cysts. My family doc tried to do an endometrial biopsy but couldn't get the tube in to my uterus, it was too tight. She has referred me to a gynecologist but they can't get me in until March 2016. I am a little concerned because I have read that thick endometrial lining can be a precursor to cancer. I am wondering if I should pursue this or just wait until March for my gyno appointment? I have had increased pain and cramping with my periods of late. I have never had children and I have an autoimmune thyroid condition.
I need some assistance. In an online group I belong
Hello. I need some assistance. In an online group I belong to, I commented that fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Raynaud's were not autoimmune conditions. I have received some comments stating that they are not. I have those threw conditions.
I am trying to find scholarly sources stating that they are not. Thank you in advance.
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