Autoimmune Disease Specialist

Austin Powers Medical Group

Internists & Internal Medicine Physicians located in San Jose, CA

Your immune system is designed to protect your body, but sometimes it works against you. If you have classic symptoms of an autoimmune condition, like fatigue, achy muscles, and skin rashes, visit Austin Powers Medical Group in San Jose, California. Dr. Suzanne Austin helps patients with gluten sensitivity, Chron’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other conditions. Book an appointment online to get started or call the office today.

Autoimmune Disease Q & A

What causes an autoimmune disease?

In a healthy body, your immune system protects you from harmful substances like a virus or bacteria. If you have an autoimmune condition, your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells or tissue. As it goes into overdrive to manage what it perceives as a threat, this causes widespread inflammation and a host of health issues.

Some people may be more prone to autoimmune conditions because of genetic factors. In other people, a condition develops due to a combination of environmental and hereditary influences.

What are the symptoms of an autoimmune disease?

Common autoimmune conditions include celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, Chron’s disease, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, or rheumatoid arthritis.

While each person experiences different symptoms, some common signs of an autoimmune disease include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Swelling or inflammation of the joints
  • Brain fog or trouble concentrating
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers
  • Skin rashes, like eczema, fungal infections, or contact dermatitis
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Low-grade fever

People with autoimmune conditions may also suffer from symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome: gas, bloating, or stomach pains.

What are treatment options for autoimmune diseases?

Standard treatment for autoimmune diseases include methods to tame the immune response and reduce inflammation. Depending on your needs, Dr. Austin might recommend:

  • Immune-suppressing drugs
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Cortisone injections to relieve swelling
  • Topical creams to address skin problems or rashes

If you have an autoimmune condition, it’s also important to eat a balanced diet and get regular exercise.

What results can I expect?

Autoimmune conditions often develop slowly over time. They are sometimes difficult to reverse quickly, as your immune system needs time to “relearn” its job and stop attacking healthy tissue.

With the right combination of treatments, however, it’s possible to relieve your symptoms, regain energy, and feel 100% healthy once again. Dietary changes, managing stress, and getting enough sleep will all support your path toward healing.

If you have symptoms of an autoimmune disease, contact Austin Powers Medical Group today. Call to speak with a team member or click to book a consultation online.