Signs of Autoimmune Disease : Part II

woman-1006102_1920Although there are many different types of autoimmune diseases and they can affect many different organs, at their core they are all similar in that they are an immune response caused by inflammation that leads your body to attack its own tissue and organs.

Autoimmune diseases are born or triggered when your body is working hard to defend itself against something potentially dangerous, such as an allergen, toxin, infection, or even a food, and it fails to differentiate between the intruder and parts of your own body. Mistaking certain types of tissues for harmful substances, your body turns these antibodies against itself.

There are many underlying factors that can cause a person to develop an autoimmune condition, including a genetic component. Exposure to toxins, mold, infections, food allergens, bacteria and virus, drugs, chemical irritants and environmental irritants can trigger the onset of the issue.

Signs Of Autoimmune Disease
Because there are so many different types of autoimmune disease the symptoms vary. However, common symptoms are fatigue, fever, and generally not feeling well. Symptoms worsen during flare-ups and lessen during remission.

The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause redness, heat, pain, and swelling. How an autoimmune disease affects you depends on what part of the body is targeted. If the disease affects the joints, as in rheumatoid arthritis, you might have joint pain, stiffness, and loss of function. If it affects the thyroid, as in Graves’ disease and thyroiditis, it might cause tiredness, weight gain, and muscle aches.

The most common organs and tissues affected are joints, muscles, skin, red blood cells, blood vessels, connective tissue and endocrine glands.

If you suspect that you have an autoimmune disease, the most important step to stopping and reversing your disease is to identify the problem with autoimmune disease ELISA kits and then to treat the underlying cause with the help of your physician.

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