An autoimmune disease occurs when the body is attacked by its immune system since it perceives the body’s tissues as foreign invaders. Popular autoimmune diseases include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), type 1 diabetes, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In the long term, autoimmune diseases are known to have an impact on either one or more organs.

About 10 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis could suffer consequences in their lungs, especially after they experience the common symptom breathlessness. The disease that affects joints could progress to symptomatic lung disease.The two main features of the disease are inflammation and scarring, which make it difficult for the lungs to draw oxygen.

But it isn't just rheumatoid arthritis since other autoimmune diseases can cause interstitial lung disease (ILD). Like in the case of all autoimmune diseases, the lungs are attacked by the faulty immune system. Eventually, lung function becomes impaired in such people who will have difficulty breathing. Autoimmune lung diseases can also be accompanied by bronchiectasis and lung nodules.

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