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Your immune system is a group of cells and organs which is designed to protect your body from outside invaders.Your immune system includes your...
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When your immune system works the way it should, it can tell the difference between “good” cells that keep you healthy and “bad” cells that make you...
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Sometimes the immune system can mistake your body's own cells as germs and will attack them.  This attack can affect almost any part of the body...
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Autoimmune diseases usually do not usually have a simple, single cause.  There are usually two major factors that are involved in causing them:...
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Autoimmune diseases are not typical “genetic” diseases like, for instance, sickle cell anemia, where there is a specific gene mutation.  With...
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Over 75% of those affected are women. Different ethnic groups are more susceptible to certain autoimmune diseases. In lupus, for example, African...
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Millions of men suffer from these diseases, too. Sometimes, autoimmune diseases that develop in men tend to be more severe. There are a few...
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Yes, overlapping genetic traits increase susceptibility to many of the diseases, so that someone can suffer from more than one autoimmune disease.
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Autoimmune diseases can affect the entire body (called systemic) or they can affect one part of the body (localized).Systemic autoimmune diseases...
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A rheumatic autoimmune disease is defined as a disease characterized by inflammation, soreness and stiffness of muscles, and pain in the joints which...
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An internist or primary care physician is often able to treat uncomplicated autoimmune disease. But with the advent of new therapies, specifically...
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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body immune system, instead of serving its normal protective function, forms antibodies that...
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Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease that involves the skin and connective tissue. There are two types, localized and systemic. In the...
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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is NOT an autoimmune disease. It is included here because the symptoms of fatigue, muscle pain, and depression are...
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Vitiligo is an autoimmune skin disease in which the absence of melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) causes a decreased pigmentation in the skin...