autoimmune diseases include rheumatic disease joints, celiac, alopecia

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We are all prone to making mistakes, many of which are by pure accident. It’s a part of the human condition that helps us learn and grow. But what many people don’t realize is that our bodies can make a lot of mistakes, too. One common bodily “mistake” that impacts […]

We are all prone to making mistakes, many of which are by pure accident. It’s a part of the human condition that helps us learn and grow. But what many people don’t realize is that our bodies can make a lot of mistakes, too.

One common bodily “mistake” that impacts millions of Americans is autoimmune disease, which is when the immune system – our body’s defenses against invaders like viruses and bacteria – attacks the body itself. The full understanding of autoimmune disease is still developing, but clinicians and researchers have identified many kinds. And while there’s no singular cure, people with these conditions have access to medications that restrict immune response to alleviate symptoms. Below are some of the most common autoimmune disorders.

Rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome and Polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR) are treated by a rheumatologist. A common trait is a painful inflammation, which often occurs in joints and other parts of the body, like some organs. In the case of Sjögren’s syndrome, moisture production in our mouths and tear ducts is restricted.

Celiac disease is a gluten intolerance and is managed by a gastroenterologist. When someone with this disease consumes the protein gluten, found in wheat and other grains, their body has an immune reaction leading to impaired digestion and damage in the small intestine, among other symptoms.

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