Autoimmune Diseases 101: Including Thyroid Conditions

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In a case of mistaken identity, the body sometimes does not recognize itself. When your immune system attacks the cells, and tissues, it is supposed to protect, you could be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

About one in 12 Americans suffer some form of autoimmune disease. This special section offers you important information about autoimmune diseases. I discuss causes, symptoms, treatments, and information resources you can use. We will look at common thyroid conditions like Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), among others.

Any discussion of the body, or medical conditions, means the use of special terminology. I have italicized words that might need further explanation, and included these terms in an Autoimmune Disease Glossary of Terms for your reference.

Understanding Autoimmune Diseases -- Table of Contents

What Are Autoimmune Diseases, and Who Is Affected by Them?
Learn the basics about autoimmune disease in this brief overview.

What Are the Causes of Autoimmune Diseases?
How do we get autoimmune disease? Are they contagious, can you inherit a condition? Explore factors that may influence development of autoimmune diseases.

How Does the Immune System Work?
From T-cells to Neutophils, MHC to Chemokines, this easy-to-read section helps you gain an understanding of the how your immune system works.

How Are Autoimmune Diseases Diagnosed and Treated?
Autoimmune diseases are often difficult to diagnose. In this section, we will look at tests used to identify autoimmune diseases, along with some treatments for these chronic conditions.

What Are Examples of Autoimmune Diseases?
Psoriasis, Scleroderma, Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune thyroid diseases are just some of the many autoimmune conditions you learn about in this section.

Autoimmune Disease Research and Resources
Medical science is offering new ways to diagnose and treat autoimmune diseases. Find out what the future holds for this important research, as well as resources to help you learn more about autoimmune diseases.

Autoimmune Disease Glossary
Check out this Glossary for help with complicated words, or concepts.

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