Common symptoms of autoimmune disease include:
- Joint pain and swelling.
- Skin problems.
- Abdominal pain or digestive issues.
- Recurring fever.
- Swollen glands.
Signs that a child may be having an immune system problem include:
- low-grade fever.
- fatigue or chronic tiredness.
- weight loss.
- rashes and skin lesions.
- stiffness in the joints.
- brittle hair or hair loss.
- dry eyes and/or mouth.
Symptoms depend on where the disease is localized, but can include the following:
- Lameness or pain in one or more joints and muscles.
- Increased drinking or urination.
- Ulcers on the face or feet.
- Lesions, scars, ulceration, or crusting on the skin.
- Alopecia (hair loss)
- Loss of pigment in the nose.
Symptoms and Types
- Scales, crust, pustules, shallow ulcers, redness, and itching of the skin.
- Footpad overgrowth and cracking.
- Occasional vesicles: fluid-filled sacs/cysts in the skin.
- The head, ears, and footpads are the most commonly affected; this often becomes generalized over the body.
- Gums and lips may be affected.
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- Exercise intolerance.
- Mental dullness.
- Weight gain without a change in appetite.
- Cold intolerance.
- Changes in coat and skin, like increased shedding, hair thinning, and hair loss.
- Thickening of the skin.
How do you know if you have an autoimmune disease?
No single test can diagnose most autoimmune diseases. Your doctor will use a combination of tests and a review of your symptoms and physical examination to diagnose you. The antinuclear antibody test (ANA) is often one of the first tests that doctors use when symptoms suggest an autoimmune disease.
What does an autoimmune flare feel like?
Flares or “flare-ups” are a classic sign of an autoimmune condition. Flares are the sudden and severe onset of symptoms which can include redness, heat, pain, or swelling. Flares can be triggered by different factors, such as stress or sunlight.
What can trigger an autoimmune disease?
The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown. One theory is that some microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses) or drugs may trigger changes that confuse the immune system. This may happen more often in people who have genes that make them more prone to autoimmune disorders.
What is the most common autoimmune disease?
According to The Autoimmune Registry, the top 10 most common autoimmune diseases include:
- Celiac disease.
- Graves’ disease.
- Diabetes mellitus, type 1.
- Rheumatic fever.
- Pernicious anemia/atrophic gastritis.
- Alopecia areata.
- Immune thrombocytopenic purpura.