Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases

This is a list that I got from MSN Health and I would like to re-post it because early detection may help save your loved ones.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases

Lupus
Lupus is an inflammatory condition that attacks tissues throughout the body. It occurs mostly in women during their child-bearing years. It is reported that African Americans have a higher risk.
Symptoms of Lupus
1. Red butterfly-shaped rash on the nose or cheeks
2. Swollen joints
3. Sensitivity to the sun
4. Skin lesions
5. Hair loss

Graves or Hashimoto’s Disease
These diseases affects the thyroid. Graves speeds up metabolism while the opposite is true with Hashimoto’s. It affects women more than men because of the high levels of estrogen in a woman.
Symptoms of Graves’ or Hashimoto’s Disease
1. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
2. High sensitivity to heat or cold
3. Bulging eyeballs
4. Puffy face

Rheumatoid arthritis
This condition is caused by the inflammation in the part called synovial membrane, which is the lining that allows joints to move smoothly.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
1. Extremely stiff joints in the wrists and knuckles that become swollen and painful.
2. Hard bumps located under the skin of elbows.

Celiac disease
It is a digestive problem that leads to the damage of the small intestine, thus inhibiting the nutrients of some foods to be absorbed in the body. People with thyroid problems and type 1 diabetes are at risk.
Symptoms of Celiac disease
1. Abdominal pain
2. Bloating
3. Intermittent diarrhea

Multiple sclerosis
This autoimmune disease targets the myelin–or the fatty insulation around our nerve fibers. This then leads to the disruption of the transition of signals to and from the brain and the spinal cord. Symtoms of Multiple sclerosis
1. Tingling in the arms and legs
2. Numbness in the hands and feet
3. Blurry vision
4. Slurred speech
5. Loss of balance

Sjogren’s Syndrome
In this condition, moisture-producing glands get inflamed.
Symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome
1. Dryness in the eyes, mouth, or the vagina
2. Unexplained tooth decay

Read: Venus Williams has Sjogren’s Syndrome

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