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College isn't the only thing you could be stressing about

Being a college student is hard enough, but when you're trying to juggle the stresses of school with the stresses of an autoimmune disease it can make life much more difficult. Getting to class could take longer because you can't leave your house with out your medication, or you might not be able to study as efficiently as others because you're cippled with fatigue. However, if you’ve never heard of an autoimmune disease or think you may have one how can you determine what it is?

An autoimmune disease is a medical condition where the body's immune system attacks itself. The immune system's job is to guard against germs like bacteria and viruses that cause diseases. When the immune system senses these germs, it sends out antibodies to attack them. The immune system normally can tell the difference between foreign cells and your own, but sometimes the immune system will attack itself causing different autoimmune diseases.

Keeping yourself healthy is vital so don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any symptoms that seems out of the ordinary. The quicker an autoimmune disease is diagnosed the quicker it can be treated. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune diseases each of which carry their own set of symptoms. Knowing which autoimmune disease you have and how to efficiently treat it will help make your life on campus much easier.