Auto Immune Diseases
There are more than 80 types of auto immune diseases. If one has an autoimmune disease, the immune system attacks itself by mistake, and one can get sick. Autoimmune diseases can affect connective tissue (the tissue which binds together body tissues and organs), nerves, muscles, the endocrine system (the system that directs your body’s hormones and other chemicals), and digestive system. These diseases tend to run in families, so one’s genes, along with the way the immune system responds to certain triggers or things in the environment, affect one’s chances of getting one of these diseases. Although there is no cure for autoimmune diseases, the symptoms can be treated and one can learn to manage the disease with the help of medication. Some people can take over-the-counter drugs, like aspirin and ibuprofen for pain. Others with more severe symptoms may have to take certain kinds of prescription drugs that can help with pain, swelling, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, fatigue, or rashes. Some medication can help slow the progress of the disease.
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