2021 July & August Cause

Autoimmune Disorders


Autoimmune disorders are diseases that result from your immune system mistakenly attacking your own body. Your immune system is unable to identify a foreign cell from your own cell, thus antibodies are released to attack healthy cells. Some autoimmune diseases only attack one organ and others attack the whole body. 



different autoimmune diseases


  • fatigue

  • achy muscles

  • swelling and redness

  • low-grade fever

  • trouble concentrating

  • numbness and tingling in the hands and feet

  • hair loss

  • skin rashes


of men have an autoimmune disease


of women have an autoimmune disease



  • Doctors need to do many tests to identify autoimmune diseases

  • Antinuclear Antibody test (ANA) is a test doctors first do to see if someone could have an autoimmune disease

  • Other tests look at specific autoantibodies in blood 


  • Drugs are used to decrease immune responses and help alleviate symptoms 

    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

    • Immune-suppressing drugs