Autoimmune Disorders and Diseases

Autoimmune Diseases

The page provides quick access to a list of common auto immune disorders, diseases, syndromes, health conditions, and other topics of health importance. The list is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to respective diseases sections that serve as a comprehensive and ultimate guide about the disease or health condition.

Immune system has the potential to guard us against germs such as bacteria, fungus and viruses present around us. When any foreign particle enters our body, it activates fighter cells to attack them. The immune system also has the ability to differentiate between foreign cells and our body’s own cells.

Immune system disorders lead to reduced activity or hyperactivity of immune system. If your immune system gets hyperactive, then your body may attack its own tissues. Immune deficiency diseases reduce your body's ability to fight pathogens, thereby increasing risk of infections.

One of the most common causes of an autoimmune disease is genetic predisposition. Certain environmental factors such as an infection, stress, medication, diet or ultraviolet radiation can trigger symptoms of an autoimmune disease. Researchers believe women are more susceptible than men to suffer from an autoimmune condition. This may be due to severe hormonal changes that a woman undergoes throughout her life.

There are several autoimmune disorders which may be mild to disabling, depending on the type of organ affected and in what degree. Some common autoimmune diseases are diabetes mellitus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Graves’ disease and Celiac disease.