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Understanding Immune System Disorders

Updated on March 12, 2011

To understand autoimmune disease's you most first understand how the immune system works. There are two parts to your immune system. One part that is called B lymphocytes which makes antibodies that will attack and remove any foreign substances. Then the other part of your immune system is called T lymphocytes which is the white blood cells and can attack any foreign substances directly. The T lymphocytes is the importen part of your immune system it is the one that needs to be educated because it protects  you from illness. The T lymphocytes remembers every threat you come in contact with and catalogs it so in the future it can protect you when you come in contact with one of these cataloged treats. Vaccinations use this system to teach our T lymphocyte what to fight against.

Now when you have an autoimmune disease it is caused by your immune system going crazy and attacking your tissues and organs. This happens because the immune system no longer recognizes its own cells. So the immune system then starts to make antibodies to fight against its own tissues, cells and organs. This in turn makes a big miss it causes damage and inflammation and this is where autoimmune disorders begin.

There are two kinds or types of autoimmune disorder . One is called the systemic autoimmune diseases which means that it damages a lot of organs. Then there is localized which means only one tissue or organ is damaged. This can become fuzzy because the localized type can damage one organ and it can move along the body to other parts. Just to name a few of these autoimmune diseases we have Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Scleroderma, Goodpasture's syndorome, type 1 diabetes, hashimoto's thyroids, and a lot more.

The treatment for autoimmune disorders very from disease to disease but the common goal remains. That is to reduce symptoms and try to control the disease's process so that the body can continue to fight off real treats. Some of the treatments can include any of the following: vitamins, insulin injections, thyroid supplements, blood transfusions, medicines, even herbs.

Some of these treatments can have side effects such as loose stool, headaches,  anxiety even. Before choosing a treatment is always best to talk to your doctor. He is your best best choose in knowing what will work for you and what will not. This is even true if you choose to use a herbal treatments.


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