Autoimmune Disease vs Immunodeficiency
The key difference between autoimmune disease and immunocompromised is that an autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system erroneously attacks the normal healthy cells in the body, while immunocompromised occurs when the immune system fails to respond to an infection or disease adequately. The immune system is a biological network of processes that protects people from diseases. It detects and responds to pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The immune system is mainly categorized into two systems as the innate immune system and the adaptive immune system. Nearly all organisms have some kind of an immune system. Autoimmune disease and immunocompromised are two conditions caused due to defects in the immune system. What is Autoimmune Disease? An autoimmune disease is a condition
What Are Connective Tissue Disorders (CTD)?
Connective tissues such as cartilage, bone, blood and adipose (fat) provide essential structure, support and protection to organs and other structures throughout the body. Primarily composed of two proteins—collagen and elastic—connective tissues can sometimes become inflamed due to an injury or a genetic condition. In some cases, the cause of the inflammation is unknown. Types of Connective Tissue Disorders There are several types of connective tissue disorders, including: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) Scleroderma Lupus Churg-Strauss syndrome Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA Microscopic polyangiitis Polymyositis/dermatomyositis Marfan syndrome What Are the Symptoms of a Connective Tissue Disorder? The symptoms of a connective tissue disorder can vary depending on the area of the body affected. The most serious symptoms are related to inflammation around the lungs, such as: Difficulty
Signs That You May Have Rheumatoid Arthritis
Do you have pain, tenderness, swelling or stiffness in your hands, wrists or feet that has lasted for six weeks or longer? In the morning, are your joints stiff for longer than 30 minutes? Is one or both of your knees tender, warm and swollen? You may have more than arthritis — you may have rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic and often very painful autoimmune disease. With rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the body’s immune system, which normally attacks foreign agents like bacteria and viruses, attacks the joints. This creates chronic inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints to thicken, causing swelling and sometimes excruciating pain in and around the joints. Small joints in the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and