Search Autoimmune Association

Understanding autoimmune diseases

One of the functions of the immune system is to protect the body by responding to invading microorganisms, such as viruses or bacteria, by producing antibodies or sensitized lymphocytes (types of white blood cells). Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one’s own body.

In some cases, however, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases. They encompass a broad category of related diseases in which the person’s immune system attacks his or her own tissue.

A walk through autoimmunity

Gain an understanding of autoimmunity and antigens by watching this video:

Man Working On Laptop At Home

Autoimmune disease learning center

Learn more about dermatological, gastroenterological, neurological, and rheumatic autoimmune disease.

Quick videos to learn more

Autoimmune Disease Guide

With over 100 autoimmune diseases and many occurring in clusters, familiarizing yourself with the various autoimmune diseases is a great way to increase your autoimmune understanding.

Disease List

Man At Computer

Learn more about autoimmune disease

Understanding your autoimmune disease can help you effectively communicate with your doctor, recognize symptoms, and manage your autoimmune disease.

About Autoimmunity

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Drop us a line and we’ll connect you with the resources you need!