Autoimmune disease: Causes, symptoms and treatment

Autoimmune disease: Causes, symptoms and treatment

An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system unknowingly attacks your body.

When the immune system senses foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses, it sends out fighter cells to attack them.

In an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes certain parts of your body, like joints or skin, as foreign.

There are about 80 autoimmune diseases including Type 1 diabetes, bowel issues and psoriatic arthritis.

Early symptoms of many autoimmune diseases are very similar, such as fatigue, body ache, swelling and fever.

Consult a doctor if you experience symptoms of an autoimmune disease.

You can talk to a specialist, depending on the type of disease diagnosed.

Doctors are still researching to know exactly why the immune system misfires.