What are some of the most common autoimmune diseases?

The following are some of the more common autoimmune diseases according to Health Line:

  • rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues)
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (affects skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs)
  • celiac sprue disease (a reaction to gluten that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine)
  • pernicious anemia (decrease in red blood cells caused by an inability to absorb vitamin B-12)
  • vitiligo (white patches on the skin caused by loss of pigment)
  • scleroderma (a connective tissue disease that causes changes in skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs)
  • psoriasis (a skin condition that causes redness and irritation as well as thick, flaky, silver-white patches)
  • inflammatory bowel diseases (a group of inflammatory diseases of the colon and small intestine)
  • Hashimoto’s disease (inflammation of the thyroid gland)
  • Addison’s disease (adrenal hormone insufficiency)
  • Graves’ disease (overactive thyroid gland)
  • Sjögren’s syndrome (destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva causing dry eyes and mouth; may affect kidneys and lungs)
  • type 1 diabetes (destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas)
Last updated on May 05, 2017