Autoimmune Disease Treated by Board Certified Dermatologists in Baltimore

Mercy Breast Center

The physicians of Dermatology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are experienced in the diagnosis and careful treatment of autoimmune diseases. Our dermatologists offer top quality care for these complex skin conditions and their related symptoms. 

About the Condition

The body’s immune system protects you from disease and infection. When your body incorrectly attacks and fights against the body’s own tissues and healthy cells, it is referred to as autoimmune disease.

There are different types of autoimmune disease. Some of these affect only the skin, such as psoriasis or lichen planus, while others may affect the skin and internal organs. The cause of autoimmune disease is unknown and continued research is necessary, however, dermatologists may be effective in treating symptoms of autoimmune disease.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Because there are so many different types of autoimmune disease, the symptoms may vary. The typical sign of autoimmune disease affecting the skin is inflammation, which can cause redness, heat, pain and swelling. Autoimmune diseases may also have flare-ups at their worst and remissions when symptoms get better or disappear.

A dermatologist may perform several tests, including a skin biopsy, to help determine if your condition is chronic and whether or not it is an autoimmune disease.

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Treatment Options

Treatment for autoimmune disease will depend on the disease. In many cases, the goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation and any associated pain. Your doctor may prescribe medications that reduce your immune response.

Consult with your dermatologist about your condition and determine a treatment plan that is tailored to meet your symptoms and needs.