Autoimmune Disorders: Overview

Autoimmune disorders are diseases where the body’s own immune system attacks good body cells, resulting in disease. There are literally hundreds of different autoimmune diseases, depending on exactly which body cell is attacked. Common examples include Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and rheumatoid arthritis (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis). Symptoms vary greatly depending on the disease. Treatment of each autoimmune disease also depends greatly on the particular disease, but medications that reduce immune system activity are used in a number of them, such as anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. NSAIDs) and immune-suppression drugs.

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