Causes of Autoimmune diseases


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Causes of Autoimmune diseases: Not all types of autoimmune disease are the same. Although the majority are caused by a direct attack by the immune system against healthy body cells, not all autoimmune diseases are of this type. Thus, the main categories are:

  • Immune cell destruction - i.e. via immune system T-cells attacking normal cells and destroying them
  • Antibody stimulation - some autoimmune diseases result from antibodies stimulating receptors on certain cells, rather than attacking them.

Cause details for Autoimmune diseases: Unfortunately, autoimmune diseases remain among the most poorly understood of any category of illness. It is thought that hormones play a role in inducing autoimmune diseases; some cases suddenly improve during pregnancy, some flare-ups occur after delivery, while others will get worse during pregnancy, or flare up after menopause. 1

Triggers discussion for Autoimmune diseases: Some autoimmune diseases are known to begin or worsen with certain triggers such as viral infections. Sunlight not only acts as a trigger for lupus but can worsen the course of the disease. It is important to be aware of the factors that can be avoided to help prevent or minimize the amount of damage from the autoimmune disease. Other less understood influences affecting the immune system and the course of autoimmune diseases include aging, chronic stress, hormones, and pregnancy. 2

Autoimmune diseases as a complication: Other conditions that might have Autoimmune diseases as a complication might be potential underlying causes of Autoimmune diseases. The list of conditions listing Autoimmune diseases as a complication in our database includes:

Autoimmune diseases as a symptom: Conditions listing Autoimmune diseases as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Autoimmune diseases. The list of conditions listing Autoimmune diseases as a symptom in our database includes:

Causes of Autoimmune diseases: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Autoimmune diseases:

Related information for causes of Autoimmune diseases: Further relevant information on causes of Autoimmune diseases may be found in the risk factors for Autoimmune diseases and underlying causes of Autoimmune diseases.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Autoimmune  Diseases: NWHIC
2. excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID

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