Many of these diseases associated with autoimmunity are often chronic, requiring lifelong care and monitoring.
Most of these autoimmune diseases strike women more than they do men, particularly women of working age and during their child-bearing years.
(2) The genes you inherit may predispose your susceptibility to developing an autoimmune disease.
(3) Viruses may also contribute to the development of an autoimmune disease.
A dermatologist to treat alopecia areata, psoriasis (problems of skin, hair, and nails)
An endocrinologist to treat type 1 diabetes mellitus and thyroid disease (problems of glands and hormones)
A neurologist to treat multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis (problems of nerve)
A rheumatologist to treat lupus and scleroderma (problems of arthritis)
Generally, all conventional medical treatments aim at:
Relieving symptoms through the use of drugs
Preventing further damage to organs affected: e.g. insulin injections to regulate your blood sugar if you have type 1 diabetes mellitus; drugs to control your inflamed kidneys if you have lupus
No Miracle Cures
In autoimmune diseases, the immune system is attacking the tissue because it is the unhealthy tissue that causes the initial attack. Once the tissue is targeted and attacked, the immune system “remembers” it, and continues to attack it. Therefore, using medications, such as prednisone, corticosteroids, or with proteins that block specific parts of the immune system, such as interferons, to suppress the immune system may, at best, slow down the attack by the immune system. But as soon as the medications are reduced, the attack comes back with a vengeance, because the tissue has become further degraded and unhealthy.