AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

WHAT IS AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE?

Auto-immune disease is a condition in which the immune sy attacks its own vital organs. The immune sy is your body’s protective shield that guards against germs like bacteria and viruses. Normally, the immune sy is capable of sensing these germs and sends out an army of fighter s to attack. However, the process reverses in an autoimmune disease condition. The sy mistakenly attacks healthy s of your body parts like joints, skin, etc.

WHY THE BODY’S IMMUNE SY MISFIRE?

Medical science still doesn’t know the exact reason behind this immune sy ’s attack on the body. However, research revealed different factors behind this attack. In some cases, certain ethnic groups play a critical role. For instance, lupus (an autoimmune disease) affects more Hispanic and African-American people compared to Caucasians. Some autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus are genetic and run in families. In this case, the family member may inherently susceptibility to an autoimmune condition. Also, environmental factors like chemical exposure or solvent sometimes contribute too. Similarly, a poor diet like intake of high fat, sugar, processed foods might also set off an immune response.

EARLY SYMPTOMS OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

There are many symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as:

  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Muscle Ache
  • Redness and swelling
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Numbness
  • Rashes on body
  • Hair loss
  • Tingling in the hands and feet

These symptoms might come and go over time depending on the disease type

WHEN TO CONSULT A DOCTOR?

Consult a specialist if you have symptoms like fatigue, muscle aches, swelling, and redness. It could be a sign of an autoimmune disease. You should see a specialist, depending on the disease type. The specialist will review your symptoms and use a combination of tests to diagnose you.

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE TREATMENT

Your body’s s have the potential to treat various autoimmune disorders. Besides healing damaged tissues, these s contain a unique ability to modulate the immune sy . So it treats the disease from the root cause while preserving the immune response of the patient’s whole body.

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