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Is there any way to reverse autoimmune disorder causing rashes and boils all over body?

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I have an autoimmune disorder and an overactive thyroid. I have been getting horrible rashes and boils all over my body. Are there any ways to reverse autoimmune disorder? I saw something about changing your diet but if this is so what kind of things should I be eating?
Posted Thu, 9 Jan 2014 in Lupus
Answered by Dr. Shafi Ullah Khan 4 hours later
Brief Answer: Autoimmune flare,Needs management Detailed Answer: Hello there! Thank you for asking. My name is Dr S Khan and i will answer your query. I read your concerns about your Autoimmune disorder Lupus and your hormonal Imbalance of thyroid associated with rashes and boils which clearly needs work up by the way to sort out whether its a flare of autoimmune disorder or some other dermatologic manifestation as many Autoimmune disorders like lupus, Behcet's have that skin manifestations. Now i appreciate your Enthusiasm to reverse the auto immune but My brother i want you to know that autoimmune diseases like lupus are not treated. they are managed. So there is a difference. you need to maintain a remission state. you cant finish it. Just to be clear in that regard. In plain words, when body's defences consider body's own DNA hostile and start destroying it, where is the reversal in that? You just can prevent that DNA from getting exposed to those Defenders who has no mind what to attack and what not to. Now what you can do in lupus or any other autoimmune disease is to continue the Meds like Steroids, NSAIDs, Antimalarials like hydroxychloroquine, And a very strict monitoring of your vitals like Kidneys, Liver and CNS to prevent end organ damage to them. All this is possible when you are in constant touch with your rheumatologist. Now as far as diet is concerned all that which helps the body's Free radical scavenging is helpful and it consists of all mineral and vitamin supplements from A to zinc specially selenium. Selenium is known to modify many Autoimmune thyroid diseases. Now your over active thyroid thing. It is The game of hormones and you need to play it consistently and compliantly to be on the euthyroid state as thyroid imbalances effects whole body. And yes diet in this case can modify the disease and bring it to euthyroid state. some expectorants, radiographic contrast dyes, seaweed tablets, and health food supplements contain excess amounts of iodide are not allowed with this illness.Keep the activity moderate as exertions can exacerbate the issue. Now the boils and rashes. AS i said earlier they look the dermatological manifestation of autoimmune disorder of yours and they indicate flare ups and needs a rheumatologist's eye and a dermatologist opinion to verify. Not much i can do from here pinging on key board. And the diet issue again, Trust had there been any many Lupus patients would have been spared of the costly efforts of medicines and monitoring by just diet. On the contrary of the fact the a good diet is always an asset to the body and a dietitian should be consulted for that, but hoping for some diet to miraculously poof the Autoimmune disorder, Off the limits brother off the limits. Good Luck and take some very good care of yourself. If you have any more queries please feel free to ask other wise i request you to kindly close the discussion and rate the answer as per your experience. May the odds be ever in your favour. Regards Dr. S Khan
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