Rheumatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal diseases and autoimmune conditions (rheumatic disease).
Orbai talks about how to recognize common autoimmune disease symptoms and when you should see a doctor.
What kind of doctor treats autoimmune diseases?
What types of doctors treat autoimmune diseases?
- Nephrologist. A doctor who treats kidney problems, such as inflamed kidneys caused by lupus.
- Physical therapist.
What are the most common autoimmune diseases?
Here are 14 of the most common ones.
- Type 1 diabetes. The pancreas produces the hormone insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
- Addison’s disease.
- Graves’ disease.
Does an endocrinologist treat autoimmune disorders?
Endocrinologist. Because many autoimmune disorders affect the glands, organs that produce important hormones, you may need to consult an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in glandular diseases. Gastroenterologist.
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.