Effects of Autoimmune Diseases and the Goals of Treatment
Treatment for autoimmune diseases will depend on the type of disease, how severe it is, and the related symptoms. Generally, autoimmune disease treatment options have one of three goals:
- Relieving symptoms
- Preserving organ function
- Targeting disease mechanisms.
Having a chronic disease can affect almost every part of your life and may include:
- Caring for yourself
- Family relationships
- Sexual relations
- Pregnancy and childbearing.
(Click Living With Autoimmune Diseases for more information.)