Immune Reactivity and Skin Inflammation

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Care & Comfort

Care & Comfort

What Is An Autoimmune Disorder ?
An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders.

Normally the immune system’s white blood cells help protect the body from harmful substances, called antigens. Examples of antigens include bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood or tissues from another person or species. The immune system produces antibodies that destroy these harmful substances.

In people with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can not tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. This response is a hypersensitivity reaction similar to the response in allergic conditions.

In allergies, the immune system reacts to an outside substance that it normally would ignore. With autoimmune disorders, the immune system reacts to normal body tissues that it would normally ignore.

A person may have more than one autoimmune disorder at the same time. Examples of autoimmune (or autoimmune-related) disorders include:
• Addison’s disease
• Celiac disease – sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy)
• Dermatomyositis
• Multiple sclerosis
• Pernicious anemia
• Psoriasis
• Reactive arthritis
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Sjogren syndrome
• Systemic lupus erythematosus
• Type I diabetes

Topical corticosteroid medication (applied to the skin) are often first line treatment for the management of autoimmune – inflammatory skin disorders.

However, topical corticosteroids are not used long term because of adverse side effects such as irritation, dryness, skin atrophy (thinning), striae (stretch marks), telangiectasia, folliculitis, acne, purpura (bruising), and allergic contact dermatitis. Additionally, topical corticosteroids can inhibit the skin’s ability to fight against bacterial or fungal infections.

Yet, patients with autoimmune – inflammatory skin disorders often experience recurrence which contributes to dependency on steroid creams.

Maállo is a novel post steroid therapeutic skin cream for use after corticosteroid medication. As a daily maintenance therapeutic Maállo supports the structure and function of the skin to reduce dependency on topical corticosteroids. To learn more about Maállo Cream click here.

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