An autoimmune disorder is a disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s healthy cells and often destroys them, instead of the invading pathogen or virus inside the body. In other terms, the body produces antibodies that work against itself, attacking the body. In existence, there are over 80 known types of different autoimmune disorders.
Often, an autoimmune disorder leads to abnormal growth of or in an organ, changes in the role of an organ, and/or the demolition of multiple body tissues. Autoimmune disorders often have significant impacts on the proper functioning of blood vessels, connective tissues, endocrine glands (the thyroid or the pancreas), joints, muscles, red blood cells and the integumentary system, especially the skin.
Some common autoimmune disorders include: