Autoimmune disorders are that of the immune system which is unable to differentiate the difference between foreign bacteria and viruses in the body versus the healthy and native ones.
Chronic and debilitating,autoimmune disorders can impact more than just the patient’s health. Scientists and medical researchers together are continually researching and studying to figure out what causes the body to do this as well as what causes autoimmune disorders to present themselves.
What causes autoimmune disorders?
The medical profession deems “unknown triggers” as the cause because there is an infinite number of triggers and they have yet to be able to boil it down to a specific one for each disorder.
These triggers start a chain reaction in the body where the immune system begins to fight off the foreign bodies. In a normal person, the immune system response to a foreign invader works like a stop button. Autoimmune disorders lack the “stop” chemical and therefore begin attacking the body’s own healthy tissues.
What treatments are available for autoimmune disorders?
Autoimmune disorders cannot be cured, but their symptoms can be treated and controlled successfully in most cases. Usual treatments include steroids for inflammation and pain, NSAID’s, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, for control of inflammatory pain, and immune-suppressing medications.
Medications like these can be rough on the body, but the benefits outweigh the risks, so close monitoring by way of laboratory tests is recommended.
Are there any new treatments for autoimmune disorders?
The medical and scientific world is a rapidly changing field with significant advancements in technology and research. Recent research shows that a very potent drug compound could change the way autoimmune disorders are treated.
Analysis has isolated a specific protein responsible for triggering the body to begin attacking itself, and this new drug could prevent that. This is the beginning of a revolutionary first line of treatment for autoimmune disorders that is desperately needed due to the rising rates of autoimmune disorders diagnosed every year.
Why does the research take so long?
With the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ensuring results that are beneficial rather than detrimental to the users, sometimes years of testing needs to be done to show the same results over and over which is necessary for it to be released to the patients needing them.
Autoimmune disorders are tricky, and each disease is unique. Recent research is optimistic in finding the single protein molecule as the most likely culprit, but repeat testing with the same results must be performed multiple times before they can officially say that it will work. It’s a process that is slow and arduous but provides the results with the statistics to back it up when it’s released.
While research may take years and the advancements continue, science isn’t perfect. It takes time, studying, observations and testing repeatedly. The scientific process is thorough albeit slow but benefits many worldwide as proven by eradication of some disease that is now a thing of the past.
Autoimmune disorders, like so many other conditions and illnesses existing today, will continue to be studied for possible cures and future eradication.