Autoimmune system Disorders
Immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or overactivity of the immune system. In cases of immune system overactivity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues. Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body's ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections.
Allergies and Asthma
Allergies result from the immune system's overreaction to a non-threatening foreign substance. Foods and inhaled particles like pollen and pet dander are the most common allergens (substances causing allergic reactions). When the immune system senses an allergen, it stimulates the release of chemicals such as histamine.
Asthma is a condition in which the immune system becomes overactive in the airways (bronchi) in the lungs. People with asthma suffer periodic episodes of constriction of their airways (bronchospasm), making it harder to breathe. Most people with asthma also have ongoing inflammation in their airways. sometimes includes a daily inhaled corticosteroid, which reduces immune system overactivity and inflammation.
In response to an unknown trigger, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body's own tissues. Treatment for autoimmune diseases generally focuses on reducing immune system activity. Examples of autoimmune diseases include:
The immune system produces antibodies that attach to the linings of joints. Immune system cells then attack the joints, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. If untreated, rheumatoid arthritis causes gradually causes permanent joint damage. Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis can include various oral or injectable medications that reduce immune system overactivity.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). People with lupus develop autoimmune antibodies that can attach to tissues throughout the body. The joints, lungs, blood cells, nerves, and kidneys are commonly affected in lupus. Treatment often requires daily oral prednisone, a steroid that reduces immune system function.
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Essentially hives caused by a autoimmune disorder, usually brought on by a virus. Lupus CAN have that as a symptom as can some thyroid disorders and it can be a disorder all on it's own. Given that you guys have been passing viruses back and forth for weeks and her immune system is pretty beat up, which is why she is still fighting the stomach flu you guys are already over, and her body is reacting.
Try giving her an antihistamine. Avoid high allergy items such as peanuts and shellfish until she is better. Call your dr tomorrow.
Yes it will, there's an interesting researcherby FriendofFargo
In Germany who thinks that the key to the rise in autoimmune disorders is the lack of early infections in so much of the first world. She's very cool and thinks outside the box - she loves dogs and tried to make her dog a co-auther ( claimed he contributed far more to the work getting done than ANY of the other co-authors)
and one of the biggest changes is the lack of parasitic worm infections. She believes that we should purposely infect children with harmless versions of these worms in order to give the immune system a bone to chew on so that it doesn't decide to attack itself out of boredom
Fetal cells persistby in_mom
Interestingly, a few fetal cells can cross into the mother during development, and survive for at least 30 years.
More to the point, the immune system trains itself (in ways not *completley* understood) not to attack self proteins (this occasionally goes haywire in autoimmune diseases). Any cellular material present during fetal development is likely to be considered "self" for the purposes of the immune system.
That being said, I wonder if anyone has looked to see if there are higher rates of autoimmune disorders in chimaeric (mixture of two fertilized eggs) people...
Careful to qualify thatby ResQer
With "this is your opinion only" because some of us disagree with you on the subject of vaccines and what is "best."
Vaccines actually temporarily inhibit the immune system by forcing it to concentrate on the "invader" (vaccine) and making the overall immune system less resistant to other 'attacks.' For this reason, vaccines can be dangerous to senior pets as it leaves them vulnerable.
Animals also have a predisposition to developing allergies and other negative reactions to vaccines (like autoimmune disorders, Lupus, tumours) and older animals, with lesser immune systems, are more likely to fall victim to these ailments
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