Autoimmune Disease Specialist

Having an autoimmune disease can affect your quality of life. Wholesome Health Integrative Medicine and Aesthetics in Idaho Falls, Idaho offers support for autoimmune disease. Dr. Laramie Wheeler has extensive experience in prescribing treatments for autoimmune disease that are custom to each individual’s needs.

Autoimmune Disease Q & A

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What are autoimmune diseases?

The human body has a complex makeup of cells called the immune system which works to defend the body from foreign invaders. A flaw in the system can cause the body to be unable to tell the difference between what should and shouldn’t be in the system. This causes the body to make autoantibodies which attack normal cells by mistake. At the same time, regulatory T cells don’t work properly to keep the immune system on track. The result is a misguided attack on the body. Autoimmune diseases are very common and affect more than 23 million Americans. The following are some of the more common autoimmune diseases:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Anemia
  • Vitiligo
  • Psoriasis
  • Hashimoto’s disease (inflammation of the thyroid gland)
  • Addison’s disease (adrenal hormone insufficiency)
  • Graves’ disease (overactive thyroid)
  • Sjögren’s syndrome (destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva)
  • Type 1 diabetes

Who gets autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases can affect any individual. However, there are some groups that are at greater risk of developing autoimmune diseases. This includes:

  • Women of childbearing age
  • People with a family history of autoimmune diseases
  • People of certain races or ethnic backgrounds
  • People exposed to certain events or environmental factors such as sunlight, chemicals, and viral and bacterial infections.

How do I find out if I have an autoimmune disease?

If you believe you may have an autoimmune disease you should get a diagnosis from a professional like Dr. Wheeler. Diagnosing an autoimmune disease involves identifying which antibodies the body is producing. The following tests are often used to diagnose an autoimmune disease:

  • Autoantibody tests: any of several tests that look for specific antibodies to your own tissues
  • Antinuclear antibody tests: a type of autoantibody test that looks for antinuclear antibodies, which attack the nuclei of cells in your body
  • Complete blood count: measures the numbers of red and white cells in your blood; when your immune system is actively fighting something, these numbers will vary from the normal
  • C-reactive protein (CRP): elevated CRP is an indication of inflammation throughout your body
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate: this test indirectly measures how much inflammation is in your body

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Phone: 208-501-2230
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