Autoimmune skin disorders are visible ramifications when the immune system attacks the healthy cells and tissues in the body.
In this article:
- About Autoimmune Skin Disorders
- Peptide Therapy for Autoimmune Skin Disorders
About Autoimmune Skin Disorders
What are Autoimmune Disorders?
The immune system is a complex network of cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that defends and protects the body against viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, and microorganisms. In order to function well, this intricate system needs balance and harmony.
When a foreign invader enters the body, the immune system sends out cells that fight these off. The immune system normally distinguishes the difference between the body’s cells and foreign cells.
However, in some cases, the immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy cells and tissues in the body. This results in autoimmune disorders.
Autoimmune diseases have similar symptoms. The most common are:
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Low fever
- Inflammation that causes heat, redness, swelling, and pain
There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases. Although no one knows the root cause, autoimmune diseases tend to run in families. Also, women are more susceptible than men.
Autoimmune Skin Disorders
An autoimmune disorder may affect several organs, of which the most common are the blood vessels, endocrine glands, connective tissues, joints, muscles, red blood cells, and the skin.
Since the skin is the most visible area affected by autoimmune diseases, the symptoms may appear through blisters, lesions, rashes, and scaly patches.
The following are the most common types of autoimmune skin disorders:
- Behcet’s Disease
- Dermatitis herpetiformis (Duhring’s disease)
- Lichen Planus
- Linear IgA Disease
The management of autoimmune diseases mostly focuses on relieving the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
For instance, the use of anti-inflammatory medications and steroids involves suppressing inflammation by inhibiting immune cells. Some treatments help maintain the body’s ability to fight disease, replace the substance the body lacks, or help with movement when joints, bones, and muscles are affected.
Peptide Therapy for Autoimmune Skin Disorders
Treating autoimmune disease with peptide therapy is a relatively new treatment method that aligns perfectly with a functional medicine approach. Unlike conventional treatments, peptides address autoimmune disease at a cellular level.
Some of the most common peptides for treating autoimmune skin disorders are the following:
Thymosin Alpha-1 (Ta1)
Thymosin alpha 1 (Ta1) is a peptide naturally produced in the thymus gland.
Ta1 serves as receptors in both plasmacytoid and myeloid and dendritic cells, causing the activation and stimulation of signaling pathways and initiation of production of immune-related cytokines.
Essentially, thymic peptides modulate the immune system and can aid in the treatments of chronic infections. Thymosin Alpha-1 helps increase cell activity and stimulates T cell production, normalizes immune balance and response, improves tissue repair and healing, inhibits viral replication, reduces inflammation, and improves host defense to infection, among other functions.
Thymosin B4 (Tb4)
Following Thymosin Alpha-1, Thymosin B4 is the second of the biologically active peptides. Tb4 is a polypeptide isolated from calf thymus.
Thymosin Beta 4 is present in all human cells—but naturally found in higher concentrations in tissue damaged areas.
Thymosin has a general role in cell and tissue regeneration. When an injury occurs, Tb4 is released by macrophages, platelets, and many other cell types to protect cells and tissues from further damage and reduce cell death (apoptosis), inflammation, and microbial growth.
In addition to the benefits listed above, Thymosin B4 also:
- Promotes rapid wound healing with little to no scarring
- Enhances collagen deposition
- Potent anti-inflammatory for wounds, muscles, joints
- Protects and restores neurons post-traumatic-brain-injury
- Promotes hair growth
- Improved flexibility
- Darkening of grayed hair
Body Protection Compound 157 (BPC157)
Body Protection Compound 157 is a naturally occurring peptide found in the gastrointestinal tract.
BPC 157 is used for the gastrointestinal tract to improve digestive function, prevent gastric ulcers, protect and heal inflamed intestinal epithelium (leaky gut), eosinophilic esophagitis, help inflammatory bowel disease and protect the liver from toxic insults.
BPC 157 also targets conditions such as autoimmune diseases, inflammatory conditions, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown. Peptide therapy aims to address autoimmune diseases at a cellular level. If you experience symptoms of autoimmune skin disorders, consult your doctor immediately.
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