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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Types of auto-immune diseases An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system,which defends your body against disease, decides your healthycells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attackshealthy body cells. Dependingon the type, an autoimmunedisease can affect one or manydifferent types of body tissue. What is auto-immune disease? What Causes the Immune System to Attack Healthy Body Cells? The cause of autoimmune disease is unknown. If you have a family member with an autoimmune disease, you may be more susceptible to developing one. There are many theories about what triggers autoimmune diseases, including-bacteria or virus-drugs-chemical irritants-environmental irritants What Are the Symptoms of an Autoimmune Disease? Because there are so many different types of autoimmune disease, the symptoms vary. However, most of them cause fatigue, fever, and general malaise (feeling ill). Symptoms worsen during flare-ups and lessen during remission.Autoimmune diseases affect many parts of the body. The most common organs and tissue affected are:-joints-muscles-skin-red blood cells-blood vessels-connective tissue-endocrine glands psoriasisa skin condition that causes redness and irritation as well as thick, flaky, silver-white patches. vitiligowhite patches on the skin caused by loss of pigment. Sjögrens syndromedestroys the glands that produce tears and saliva causing dry eyes and mouth; may affect kidneys and lungs. sclerodermaa connective tissue disease that causes changes in skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. rheumatoid arthritisinflammation of joints and surrounding tissues. pernicious anemiadecrease in red blood cells caused by inability to absorb vitamin B12.
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