The name Graves’ disease sounds dire on its face, but it can be treated if diagnosed.The autoimmune disease that causes an overproduction of hormones in the thyroid also can lead to secondary problems with the eyes and skin.Television talk show host Wendy Williams returned to her show last month after suffering from side effects from Graves’ disease, which she has lived with for 19 years.Dr. Paul Sack, an endocrinologist at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, talks about how to treat Graves’ disease.What is Graves’ disease?Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that results in an overactive thyroid, the gland in the lower part of the neck that helps control metabolism. Some patients think that this is a condition that will send them to the grave, but it can vary from mild to severe and is almost always treatable.Graves’ disease affects about 50 per 100,000 people. It is much more common in women and it is more common in people aged 20 to 40 years … [Read more...] about What is Graves’ disease? A MedStar endocrinologist explains
Autoimmune skin disease
Credit: iStock.com/chaowalit407 Scleroderma is an autoimmune condition that involves hardening of the skin and connective tissues, leading to either temporary or permanent cell damage. The disease may lead to improper functioning of any affected limbs, as well as the heart, lungs, or kidneys. Direct causes of the overactive immune response remain unknown. The word “scleroderma” comes from the Greek words sclero, or hard, and derma, or skin. This chronic disease is not a malignant or contagious condition, and is not restricted to the skin’s surface as it can affect the tissues and blood vessels within major organs and joints. There are varying degrees and types of scleroderma, which can lead to serious and life-threatening complications. In This Article: Scleroderma (Hardening of the Skin) Causes What Are the Types of Scleroderma? Scleroderma Symptoms Scleroderma Diagnosis Scleroderma Treatment Who Is at Risk of Scleroderma? What Are the Complications of Scleroderma? … [Read more...] about What Causes Hardening of the Skin (Scleroderma)?
The normal color of the tongue is light red or pink with a light, white coating. When the tongue is yellow there is a yellow coating, residue, or film on the tongue. A yellow discoloration on the tongue is often a harmless and temporary problem. That being said, a yellow coating on your tongue can indicate that something else is going on in the body. In This Article: Why Is My Tongue Yellow? What Does a Yellow Tongue Reveal About Digestive Health? Yellow Tongue Causes Yellow Tongue Linked with Other Diseases Yellow Tongue Treatments: Chinese Remedies How to Get Rid of Yellow Tongue When to See the Doctor On occasion a yellow tongue is also a sign of jaundice, which is a problem caused by liver and gallbladder problems. Yellow tongue is thought to be a problem in adults and children, including newborn babies, toddlers, and infants. Yellow tongue will also affect pregnant women. You see a yellow coating may form due to the hormonal changes … [Read more...] about Yellow Tongue: Causes Linked with Diseases and Natural Treatments
(Natural News) A case report found that homeopathy could improve vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes the skin to lose its melanin pigment. The case report was led by a team of researchers from the Centre for Classical Homeopathy in Bangalore, India who looked at a series of 14 cases of vitiligo that involved treatment with individualized homeopathic remedies which were based on plant, animal, or mineral compounds. The individuals involved in the case series included 13 women and one man with an average age of 29.8 years. On average, the patients were followed up after 58 months, which suggested that they could have turned to other ways to help treat the disease.The research team found that individual homeopathic treatments for vitiligo resulted in a positive effect on all 14 patients. In addition, they found that the best results can be seen in the patients who were treated during the initial stages of the disease.“We believe that homeopathy may be effective in the … [Read more...] about A new study finds homeopathic treatments improve vitiligo, a condition where skin loses its pigment
Interstitial lung disease is the name given to a group of conditions that cause inflammation and scar tissue in the lungs, making it harder for them to work. The airways, air sacs, outer aspect of the lungs, and the blood vessels may be affected as well. The condition causes people to feel breathless, and it is often accompanied by a dry cough. Diagnosis can be challenging, and there is currently no cure for the disorder. There are treatment options that can help with management of the symptoms, however. Treatment also includes lifestyle changes to slow progression, as much as possible. There are many types of interstitial lung disease, all affecting the interstitium, which is the network of tissue running through both lungs. The interstitium supports the alveoli or tiny air sacs in the lungs. Blood vessels flow through the interstitium, allowing the blood to receive oxygen and get rid of excess carbon dioxide. Disorders that affect the interstitium thicken its tissues by scarring, … [Read more...] about What to know about interstitial lung disease