What Does “Autoimmune Disease” Mean?
Autoimmune disease, in layman’s terms, is a condition related to the body’s immune system. The immune system is meant to protect the body and to modulate in a way to adapt to the environment around it. However, when it is out of sync with itself, it starts to attack different cells and body parts, which can cause different medical conditions.
Which are the Different Types of Autoimmune disease?
There are many different auto-immune diseases, some of which are listed below:
1. Rheumatoid arthritis
In this, the joints are attacked by the immune system, resulting in sore, painful, stiff joints. It mostly begins when a person is in their 30s.
2. Psoriatic arthritis
In this, the skin cells are under attack. That causes the cells to grow abnormally. Moreover, it forms multiple layers of skin. These multiple layers then become inflamed. This in turn results in swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joints.
3. Type 1 diabetes
The pancreas creates insulin in the body. This insulin is responsible for the regulation of blood sugar levels in the body. However, in this disease, the immune system attacks and destroys the pancreas. This eventually leads to a decrease in the blood sugar level in the body. This may result in damage to the other organs like the kidney, heart, eyes, etc.
4. Autoimmune vasculitis
This condition develops when the immune system targets the blood vessels in the body. This results in a shrinkage of the veins and arteries. This leads to less blood flow through them.
5. Pernicious anemia
Vitamin B-12 is extracted from food with the help of stomach cells. In pernicious anemia, there is a shortage of protein. Thus, the body’s DNA synthesis is inhibited. It is more common in adults over 60 years of age.
Common Autoimmune symptoms
Autoimmunity has a number of different common symptoms and therefore deceiving. Some of the common and early indications of the autoimmune disease are as follows:
- Achy muscles
- Having trouble
- Numbness of hands or feet
- Hair Loss
- Skin irritation
What are the treatments available for autoimmune diseases?
Autoimmune diseases are manageable, with a dedicated and consistent treatment protocol. Finding the cause of a misaligned immune system is the key to calming the immune system down. Lifestyle plays a key role, a proper diet, moderate exercise, sleep hygiene, relaxation, etc, do contribute to balancing the system.
At Ayuh Wellness Center Atlanta we can help by getting an In-depth examination and analysis of your illness and discussing various approaches to help your immune system.