Sometimes the body’s immune system attacks healthy body tissue by mistake, and this is called an autoimmune disorder. There are over 80 known types with arthritis being the most well known. They all have one thing in common: the immune system destroying normal tissue.
White blood cells protect the body against bacteria, viruses, toxins, and other harmful substances. When a person has an autoimmune disorder, the body can’t tell the difference between its own normal tissue and harmful substances. This often affects joints, connective tissues, blood vessels, muscles, skin, and red blood cells.
Symptoms vary based on location and type of faulty immune response. Some of the most common symptoms are fatigue, generally feeling ill, fever, joint pain, and , rashes.
Many autoimmune diseases are chronic, which means they last over time. Treatments include finding out if the body lacks a certain substance and replacing it, blood transfusions, and physical therapy. Sometimes doctors will prescribe medicines designed to reduce the immune system’s response.
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
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Traveling with autoimmune disease
Persons with autoimmune disease are not recommended to take live vaccines, so if you’re going abroad you need to consult with your physician first to make sure you safely get the vaccines you need.
Persons who take medicines that reduce the immune systems can be more susceptible to infections when traveling, and need to be aware. If you’re worried, ask your doctor before going.
If a person with any form of autoimmune disorder needs long distance medical transportation, Med Transport Center has more than 30 years’ experience of comfortable and safe travel. We can take you state to state or across the country.