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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 was visiting from California, when he developed a rash
My son was visiting from California, when he developed a rash on his extremities. It's just red, no bumps or itching. He had a fever spike on Sunday night and was taken to the ER. The ER doc had difficulty in getting his fever down, and he said his coloring was a bit jaundice. The kept him a few hours, once his fever came down they released him. They gave him a shot of steroids, and then a script for them. His blood and urine came back ok, as did the chest x-rays. He now has developed a cough, and his joints are achy. He is on a plane back to CA today, back to college. He will see a doc once he gets back...but the doctors in South Bend didn't seem to have any idea....your thoughts? As a mother how worried should I be with a son that is now flying across the country?
I have been diagnosed as having Dercums disease. What kind
I have been diagnosed as having Dercums disease. What kind of Dr. should I look for to treat this disease? The Dr. Who saw me and found what I had is in Arizona which is too far for me to see.
Hello, I'm a 49 year old woman, 5ft 1 inch 180 labs. Within
Hello, I'm a 49 year old woman, 5ft 1 inch 180 labs. Within the last 4 months I've 3 instances of glands swelling to a large size, then disappearing over a 2-3 day period.
* First it was under my right ear-it swelled to the size of a good sized grape and after
about one or 2 days it disappeared.
* About 2 months later it happened again to the gland under the right ear. Once
again, it swelled to the size of a grape, then disappeared after 2 or 3 days.
* About 5 days ago, I had a lump under my right armpit about the size of a large pea,
again after about 2 days it disappeared
I have not had a fever that I'm aware of, although I have had about 6 months of pretty bad hot flashes (that's what I thought they were anyway). The hot flashes have disappeared. Over the past 6 months I have also had intermittent dizziness when I sit or lay down and when I stand. These bouts of dizziness last about a week and then it goes away for a week or two, then it's back again.
I take a large number of prescribed medications, but haven't had a medicine change in quite awhile.
I also have a lot of neurological symptoms, but the symptoms have been dismissed as a result of sleep deprivation. I have a lot of sleep issues..sleep apnea (I use a bi-pap) and narcolepsy (I take pro-vigil..been taking it for about 3 yrs)
I've been to my family doctor, a neurologist, had psychological testing, been to a sleep doctor, and a rheumatologist.
I have so many aches and pain- constantly. I feel like I'm 100. I have no energy.
At least 3 or 4 times a week, I awake in the middle of the night in so much pain that I almost start to cry.
Any advice or information you could suggest would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.
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