What is an autoimmune disorder? Which conditions fall into this category? Sam Fillingane, DO offers up his expertise:

Immediate research indicates that individuals with autoimmune disorders are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. When faced with the issue of being immunocompromised, a bout of the virus can have disastrous consequences.  With this in mind, it is important for the public, as a whole, to understand what the different types of autoimmune disorders are.  It may even help you protect your family members and friends if you can understand their conditions a bit better.

Here is a list of some of the different types of autoimmune disorders: 

  • Susac’s syndrome

A condition marked by personality changes, confusion, headaches and hearing problems.

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome

Marked by weak connection between the nerves and muscles.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura

A bleeding disorder which consists of an individual’s immune system destroying the platelets necessary for healthy, normal blood clotting.

  • Multiple sclerosis

A nervous system disease where the individual’s immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord.