A List of Autoimmune Diseases & Resources

There are many different types of autoimmune disease. Learn more about some of them right here or visit their site for more information. Please note that this list includes both autoimmune disease and those conditions considered to be related to autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune Disease List

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.

Technology can be a great asset in managing an illness and treatment. The following is a small sampling of apps you can use in order to keep track of things like medication, and pain management. This list is not all inclusive as there are numerous apps available. Please note some apps may require purchase:

  • Discover the impact of your daily activities on your arthritis pain with TRACK + REACT. Track your nutrition, fitness, sleep, medication and mood and compare it to your arthritis pain in the Arthritis Impact graph.
  • Established in 2010, thousands use Dosecast, the most flexible and easy-to-use app to help you remember to take your medications, vitamins, or birth control pills on time. With Dosecast, you’ll remember to take the right drug, the right way, at the right time, every time.
  • Track your chronic pain, symptoms, triggers and more to create detailed reports you doctor will love! Recommended by doctors worldwide. As seen in USA Today. Award-winning app! Best App Ever Awards 2013 (Honorable Mention). Winter/Spring 2012 Web Health Award (Winner).
  • With help from experts at Johns Hopkins, leading surgeons, and patient advocates, Doctella provides you with innovative tools that will help you become more informed and engaged in your care.

Support Groups can be invaluable source to patients living with autoimmune disease. Try these tips:

  • Search social media sites to find online groups and forums
  • Contact health, religious, or other locally based organizations
  • Contact social workers or social services, these can be found at local hospitals
  • Contact your local hospital who may offer a general support group for persons with chronic illnesses. You may not sit next to someone with the same disease, but you may face the same types of challenges.

Here is a list below of some autoimmune disease patient groups and websites:

Advocacy & Awareness for Immune Disorders Association 


American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.


American Bechet's Disease Association


American Kidney Fund

American Liver Foundation


American Vitiligo Research Foundation


Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Foundation of America


Arthritis Foundation


Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance

Autoimmune Hepatitis Association

Beyond Celiac


Celiac Disease Foundation


Conquer Myasthenia Gravis


Crohn's & Colitis Foundation 

212-685-3440 or 800-932-242 

Dysautonomia International

Endometriosis Association


Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

Global Liver Institute

Gluten Intolerance Group


Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation


Immune Deficiency Foundation


International Foundation for Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory Arthritis (AiArthritis)


International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation 


Lupus and Allied Diseases Association

315-829-4272 or 866-258-7874

Lupus Foundation of America


Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Foundation

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

212-297-2156 or 800-541-5454

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation


National Alopecia Areata Foundation 


National Eczema Association

National Kidney Foundation


National Multiple Sclerosis Society 


National Psoriasis Foundation

503-546-8365 or 800-723-9166

National Sleep Foundation


P.A.N.D.A.S. Network.org

Platelet Disorder Support Association

301-770-6636 or 877-528-3538

Prevent Blindness


Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation


Scleroderma Foundation

978-463-5843 or 800-722-4673

Sjogren's Foundation

301-530-4420 or 800-475-6473

Solve M.E.

Sumaira Foundation

The Myositis Association (TMA)

703-299-4850 or 800-821-7356

Transverse Myelitis Association


U.S. Pain Foundation


Vasculitis Foundation

816-436-8211 or 800-277-9474

Vitiligo Support International


wAIHA Warriors

Improving benefit-harm assessment of glucocorticoid therapy incorporating the patient perspective: The OMERACT glucocorticoid core domain set
CONCLUSION: A GC Impact core domain set was endorsed at the OMERACT 2020 virtual workshop. The OMERACT GC Impact working group will now progress to identify, develop and validate measurement tools to best address these domains in clinical trials.
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders and systemic lupus erythematosus: A case series from a university center
Neuromyelitis opticaspectrum disorders (NMOSD) are immune-mediated inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), which preferentially affect the optic nerves and the spinal cord. Anti-aquaporin 4 antibody is a specific serological marker. Systemic lupuserythematosus (SLE) is a rheumatologic disease that may affect the CNS. There are several reports about the coexistence of NMOSD […]
Characterization of microglial transcriptomes in the brain and spinal cord of mice in early and late experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis using a RiboTag strategy
Microglia play an important role in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosisand the mouse model of MS, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis(EAE). To more fully understand the role of microglia in EAE we characterized microglial transcriptomes before the onset of motor symptoms (pre-onset) and during symptomatic EAE. We compared the transcriptome in brain, where behavioral changes […]
Clinical relevance of estimating circulating interleukin-17 and interleukin-23 during methylprednisolone therapy in Graves' orbitopathy: A preliminary study
CONCLUSIONS: Low baseline IL-17 concentration, in addition to high TSHRab titre, serves as marker of disease activity. Although, we expect that low IL-23 concentration, in addition to high TSHRab titre, could be used as predictors of disease activity and a prognostic factor of response to immunosuppressive therapy in GO.
Lesional activation of T(c) 17 cells in Behcet's disease and psoriasis supports HLA-class I-mediated autoimmune responses
CONCLUSIONS: In BD, the genetic predisposition may mediate antigen-specific activation and differentiation of a T(c) 17 response, possibly targeting endothelial antigens. Neutrophils recruited by IL-17A in this process may enhance tissue damage by extensive NET formation (NETosis). Thus, the IL-23/IL-17 axis presumably controls neutrophilic inflammation in BD vasculitisin the context of a predominant antigen-specific […]
Wogonin protects glomerular podocytes by targeting Bcl-2-mediated autophagy and apoptosis in diabetic kidney disease
Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is one of the microvascular complications of diabetes mellitus and a major cause of end-stage renal disease with limited treatment options. Wogonin is a flavonoid derived from the root of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, which has shown a potent renoprotective effect. But the mechanisms of action in DKD are not fully elucidated. […]
A possible interaction between favipiravir and methotrexate: Drug-induced hepatotoxicity in a patient with osteosarcoma
INTRODUCTION: Favipiravir is an antiviral agent that is recently used for SARS-CoV2 infection. The drug-drug interactions of favipiravir especially with chemotherapeutic agents in a patient with malignancy are not well known.
Seroprevalence of Anti- N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antibodies in children with seizures of unknown cause
CONCLUSIONS: This is a preliminary epidemiological study about the prevalence of anti-NMDAR antibodies in a sample of pediatric patients with isolated seizures of unknown cause. Anti-NMDAR antibodies were found to be prevalent in a relatively small proportion of children who presented with seizures of unknown causes. Demographic characteristics of the patients with variable testing status […]
The epidemiology of autoimmune bullous diseases in Sudan between 2000 and 2016
CONCLUSIONS: The clinico-epidemiological characteristics vary among the types of autoimmune bullous diseases. Females were more predominant in most of them. Sudanese patients tended in general to present at a younger age than other populations. The pool of Sudanese patients with autoimmune bullous diseases is large which requires investigation for the local risk factors and presents […]
Incorporating Unstructured Patient Narratives and Health Insurance Claims Data in Pharmacovigilance: Natural Language Processing Analysis of Patient-Generated Texts About Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
CONCLUSIONS: A classical medical database represents only a part of a patient's entire treatment experience, and analysis using solely such a database cannot represent patient-level symptoms or patient concerns about treatments. This study showed that analysis of tōbyōki blogs can provide added information on patient-level details, advancing patient-centric pharmacovigilance.
Written by Jesse Klein on June 29, 2020
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