Autoimmune vs. Immunodeficient

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  • Kim and Jenny are best friends.  They do everything together and they're currently waiting to board an airplane for their vacation to Hawaii.  It seemed to be a perfect way to spend a week, but both seem to be feeling ill again.
  • This isn't uncommon for either of them.  Kim suffers from an auto-immune disease which is a disease in which the healthy cells in the body are attacked by the immune system.  Specifically, she has been diagnosed with lupus.  Jenny, however, suffers from an immunodeficiency disorder which causes an inadequate protection from infections.  She specifically has SCID.
  • Neither exactly understood what the other's disease was.  So they explained while waiting for their flight.  Kim said lupus was an inflammatory disease caused by the attack of tissues inflicted by the immune system and commonly caused rashes, fever, and fatigue.  Jenny said that SCID is a genetic condition causing dramatic impairment to multiple areas of the immune system and commonly is visible in symptoms such as easy susceptibility to infections.
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