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What is an autoimmune disease?

An autoimmune disease is a condition where the immune system mistakes parts of your body as foreign substances that are harmful to the body and attacks the bodies own cells. There are many types of autoimmune disease. Some attack primarily joints, muscles, skin or organs. Others attack all parts of the body.

Some of the most common types of autoimmune disease are

  • Rheumatoid arthritis which attacks mostly joints but can affect any part or organ of the body.

  • Psoriasis and lupus attack mostly the skin but are not limited to the skin.

  • Chron's disease which affects the intestines especially the large intestine.

  • Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system.

The cause of autoimmune disease is unknown. Some have a genetic factor meaning that it tends to run in families. There is no cure for any of the disease and they can be difficult to treat. The earlier the disease is detected the easier it is to treat in the long run.






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Arthritis can develop as a result of an infection. For example, bacteria that cause gonorrhea or Lyme disease can cause arthritis. Infectious arthritis can cause serious damage, but usually clears up completely with antibiotics. Scleroderma is a systemic disease that involves the skin, but may include problems with blood vessels, joints, and internal organs. Fibromyalgia syndrome is soft-tissue rheumatism that doesn't lead to joint deformity, but affects an estimated 5 million Americans, mostly women. The approximate number of cases in the United States of some common forms of arthritis. is an informational out reach of the Consumer Health Information Network. It is our goal to provide up to date information about arthritis and other inflammatory and bone conditions in a easy to understand format.

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