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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
I have had neurological symptoms starting during my deployment
I have had neurological symptoms starting during my deployment in 2006. I have numbness and tingling in my extremities. My legs/feet have been numb to the point that I have fallen 5 times since April. I have migraines at least 15 days out of the month, pain in my legs, back and where my skull meets my neck. I also have loss of bladder and bowel control. My incontinence is associated with urge. Once I feel the need to go, I cannot hold it. I lose some urine almost every single time I go to the bathroom with full loss of control at least twice a week. I had a urodynamics exam that showed possible neurogenic bladder. I had a SEP that showed abnormal findings in my low back area. I do NOT have any lesions on my brain or spine. My spinal tap just showed elevated myelin protiens. My doctor said the active test for MS was normal, but the passive test was abnormal. He said that he needs to do more research on my case. My concern is that I am now being seperated from the military for this. If I do not have a diagnosis, I will just be seperated. If I have a diagnoais, I could be medically retired and keep my health insurance. My health continues to go down hill and I am very worried that soon I won't have health insurance to keep fighting for an answer. I tried to look up what my doctor said about active and passive test for MS, but I couldn't find anything. I have been to at least 12 different doctors at this point. All but my current neurologist have given up on me. I want to be patient, but I feel so pressed to find an answer before I am seperated from the military. I have went from running 8 miles a day to crawling up the stairs some days. I used to be great at everything I put my mind to. Now I am not sure where my mind even is anymore. Probablly with the 20 other things that I have lost or forgotten today. If anyone can shed some light on anything that would make sense or what this diseaze could be, I would be forever great! Thank you very much!
Humans and kennel cough I have developed, with rapid onset,
Humans and kennel cough
I have developed, with rapid onset, chest cold symptoms. I am immune suppressed (on prednisone, imuran, arava for autoimmune issues). I developed these symptoms a couple of days after my dogs developed nasty coughs. I took them to the vet this morning and they were diagnosed (despite having been vaccinated) as having kernel cough. The vet, hearing me cough, said I should see my doctor as he knows I'm immune compromised and said this puts me at some degree of risk. Unfortunately, my physician is away. I could go to a walk in clinic.... The compounding issue is that I have LQTS and, based on a quick search, if I am assessed to have this, I can't take the most commonly prescribed antibiotics anyway. It might just be a cold.... Should I go to a doctor? Is there a quick test for this? Do most human cases resolve quickly without treatment? I can try to avoid exposure to my pets, but this isn't largely possible and they would have been contagious for the past week anyway. Any guidance?
About a month ago I had a blood test done. My Albumin and
About a month ago I had a blood test done. My Albumin and Bilirubin were in normal range but my AST and ALT were out of range. AST was 42 H and ALT was 64H. At the time the doctor told me that was no big deal. But now I'm talking to a dermo office considering
lamisil for me and it could be considered high. Should I be more concerned about this? Checked again by a local internist?
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