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An autoimmune disease is what is experienced when the immune system, which defends the body against disease, starts to treat healthy cells of the body as foreign, thus attacking healthy cells. This is the forum for discussing anything related to the diseases

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  1. Wegener's Granulomatosis is the inflammation of the arteries responsible for supplying blood to the nasal passages(sinuses), the tissues of the lungs, and the kidneys, leading to the damage of the organs. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition.

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  2. Vitiligo is the development of pale, white patches on the skin as a result of the lack of melanin, caused by the immune system of the body mistakenly attacking some part of the body. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  3. Vasculitis is the inflammation in the blood vessels, leading to changes in the walls of blood vessels, including weakening, thickening, scarring and narrowing, thus restricting the flow of blood. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  4. Scleroderma is the tightening and hardening of the skin and connective tissue, and the most common ones are systemic sclerosis (SSc) localized scleroderma. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  5. Sarcoidosis is the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells in different parts of the body, and it affects multiple systems in the body, from the brain to the eyes to the lungs. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  6. Rheumatic fever is the inflammatory disease which develops when the scarlet fever or strep throat is not treated adequately, and some common symptoms are fever; pain in one joint; bumps (small nodules); and chest pain. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  7. Psoriasis is a chronic, long-term skin condition that makes the cells of the skin to grow too quickly, leading to thick, silvery, white or red patches of skin. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  8. Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is the damage of the bile ducts in the liver, leading to a serious long-term liver disease. Gradually, this leads makes bile to build up in the liver, and can cause damage to it, thus leading to cirrhosis (scarring). This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  9. Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a serious and rare condition causing the development of painful blisters on the skin, the mouth, throat, nose, anus and genitals. The blisters easily burst open because they are fragile, with painful areas left on the raw unhealed skin. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  10. Myositis is the inflammation of the muscles as a result of injury, infection, certain medicines, chronic disease or exercise. Some of the persistent or chronic forms are idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, meaning that the cause is not known. This is the forum for discussing anything related to Myositis

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  11. Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune and chronic neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the body\'s voluntary (skeletal) muscles. This is the forum for discussing anything related to Myasthenia Gravis

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  12. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the abnormal response of the immune system of the body is directed against the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, which make up the central nervous system (CNS). This condition causes problems with balance, vision, muscle control, and other basic body functions. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  13. Meniere's disease is a dysfunction of the semi-circular canals (endolymphatic sac) in the inner ear, leading to an excess of fluid in the inner ear. Thus the balance and hearing mechanisms of the ear is disturbed. This is the forum for discussing anything related to Meniere's

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  14. Lupus is the condition in which the immune system mistakes the body\'s own tissues as foreign invaders, thus attacking them. The condition can damage any part of the body (joints, skin and/or organs inside the body. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  15. Hashimoto's disease is the condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid, a small gland below the Adam's apple at the base of your neck. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system responsible for the production of hormones through which the activities of the body are coordinated. This is the forum for discussing anything related to Hashimoto's disease

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  16. Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is the condition in which the peripheral nervous system is attacked by the body's immune system attacks. Some of the early symptoms are varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  17. Graves' disease is the immune system disorder leading to hyperthyroidism (the overproduction of thyroid hormones). This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  18. Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is the common side effect of the transplant of an allogeneic bone marrow. After the transplant of a donor stem cell, it is possible for the donor cells to react against yours. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  19. Fibromyalgia is the disorder which causes fatigue (feeling tired) and muscle pain and tenderness in all parts of the body, with other symptoms such as morning stiffness; trouble sleeping; headaches; and tingling or numbness in hands and feet. This is the forum for discussing anything related to fibromyalgia

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  20. Chronic fatigue syndrome is the complicated disorder which is characterized by extreme fatigue which cannot be explained by underlying medical condition. The condition does improve with rest, and it is possible for it to worsen with mental or physical activity. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  21. Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), also known as Hughes syndrome or antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, is a disorder which causes elevated levels of multiple different antibodies (body-produced proteins to fight off foreign substances) which are associated with both venous and arterial thrombosis. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  22. Behcet's Disease is a rare immune-mediated small-vessel systemic vasculitis characterized by ocular problems and mucous membrane ulceration, and can also involve visceral organs such as the pulmonary, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and neurological systems and the gastrointestinal tract. This is the forum for discussing anything related to Behcet's Disease

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  23. Ankylosing spondylitis is the inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae), leading to chronic, severe pain and discomfort. It is a type of arthritis primarily affecting the spine, although other joints can as well be affected. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  24. Alopecia areata is the hair loss disorder caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, damaging them temporarily. Generally, hair falls out in round, small patches about the size of a quarter. This is the forum for discussing anything related to Alopecia Areata

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  25. Addison's disease is a disorder caused by the inadequate production of certain hormones by the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands often produce insufficient levels of aldosterone and too little cortisol. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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