The diseases listed here either are more common in women than men or affect many women and men. Although each disease is unique, many share hallmark symptoms, such as fatigue, dizziness, and low-grade fever.
For many autoimmune diseases, symptoms come and go, or can be mild sometimes and severe at others.
At the same time, special cells called regulatory T cells fail to do their job of keeping the immune system in line. This causes the damage we know as autoimmune disease.
The body parts that are affected depend on the type of autoimmune disease. Overall, autoimmune diseases are common, affecting more than 23.5 million Americans. Some autoimmune diseases are rare, while others, such as Hashimoto's disease, affect many people.
Many diseases of the immune system, also known as autoimmune diseases, are more common in women than in men.Polymyositis (pol-ee-meye-uh-SYT-uhss) and dermatomyositis (dur-muh-toh-meye-uh-SYT-uhss) are 2 types more common in women than men.Primary biliary cirrhosis (BIL-ee-air-ee sur-ROH-suhss) The immune system slowly destroys the liver's bile ducts. It travels through the bile ducts to help with digestion.Learn about the different types of autoimmune diseases that affect women.At the core of the immune system is the ability to tell the difference between self and nonself: what's you and what's foreign.