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Autoimmune diseases occur when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy cells
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The Department of Internal Medicine at the CK Birla Hospital is a leading centre for the prevention, detection and treatment of autoimmune diseases. Our experts provide a personalised approach to help you cope with symptoms and treat your condition.

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About autoimmune diseases

About autoimmune diseases

Your immune system is responsible for taking care of your body by fighting foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. When your body is exposed to these substances, your immune system attacks them to help protect you from falling ill. However, in some cases, your immune system cannot differentiate between foreign cells and your own healthy cells.

An autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your healthy cells.

Autoimmune disease causes

There is no single and exact reason why autoimmune diseases occur. Common causes include:

  • Race
  • Heredity
  • Infections
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • High-fat and high-sugar diet
Common autoimmune diseases

Common autoimmune diseases include

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Addison’s disease
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Autoimmune vasculitis
  • Celiac disease
Autoimmune disease symptoms

The symptoms of the autoimmune disease depend upon its cause and type. However, there are some common symptoms include:

  • Tiredness
  • Muscle pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Fever
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Numbness in the hands and feet
  • Hair loss
  • Skin rashes
Autoimmune disease treatment

The treatment protocol of an autoimmune disease is based on its type, cause, severity of symptoms and overall health. Your doctor will make a personalised care plan to help relieve your symptoms and control the overactive immune system.

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No, autoimmune diseases cannot be cured. They can, however, be effectively treated.

Foods and beverages such as red meat, eggs, fried foods, sugar, refined carbs, alcohol, and caffeine can cause flare-ups of autoimmune disease and should be limited.

The early signs of an autoimmune disease may vary depending upon the type of the disease. However, common signs include fatigue, achy muscles, low-grade fever, tingling in the hands and feet.

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