Treating Auto-Immune Disorders

If you are living with an autoimmune disorder, you already know how it can impact your quality of life. Your rheumatologist can help you manage your autoimmune disorder, so you can live your best life. Drs. Jacqueline Vo, Haihui Wang, and Mary Catherine Gibson at Rheumatology Center of Houston provide comprehensive rheumatology services, including treatment and management of autoimmune disorders. They have two convenient office locations in Houston, and Pearland, TX.

What You Need To Know About Autoimmune Disorders

When you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system can’t identify normal body tissue. Instead, your immune system attacks the normal tissue as if it were a foreign substance.

There are several factors that can lead to the development of an autoimmune disorder, including:

  • Genetics
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Exposure to a viral or bacterial infection

Examples of autoimmune disorders include

  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Giant cell arteritis/temporal arteritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Vasculitis

When you visit our rheumatologist, our specialist will perform a comprehensive physical examination, record signs and symptoms you are experiencing, and other diagnostic information. Our doctor may also order laboratory testing and imaging studies to aid in the diagnosis of your condition.

Treatment of your autoimmune disorder will depend on the diagnosis. Common treatments for an autoimmune disorder include:

  • Medication therapy, including corticosteroids, immunosuppressive medications, antidepressants, or anticonvulsants
  • Patient referrals to multidisciplinary providers, including physical, occupational, or speech therapists
  • Patient counseling, to help you and your family cope with the management of your autoimmune disorder and day-to-day living

Want To Know More?

To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of autoimmune disorders, talk with the experts. Call Drs. Jacqueline Vo, Haihui Wang, and Mary Catherine Gibson at Rheumatology Center of Houston. You can reach them in both the Houston and Pearland, TX, locations by calling (713) 640-5477, so call today.

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