Does autoimmune disease = immunocompromised?

Posted by ddwilliams @ddwilliams, Mar 12, 2020

Does having an autoimmune disease (PSC specifically) mean that you should avoid situations with other immunocompromised individuals? Yes, this is coming up because of coronavirus, but good to know for the future guidance anyway. The PSC’er has not had a transplant and is otherwise healthy. I’m just not clear if autoimmune = immunocompromised. Thank you in advance.

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I have Morphea and can not find a doctor who knows anything about it. It took me seven years ,three outbreaks and way to many doctors to get treatment. I went UK dermatology and was given meds that worked on all the discoloration ,but now I am getting sharp burning pains in the many areas that are affected.

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Having autoimmune disease /diseases does make us more susceptible to contagious diseases.

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@momofthree1

Having autoimmune disease /diseases does make us more susceptible to contagious diseases.

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Hi,
It’s possible you could be more susceptible to diseases. Either way, like anybody else you should be careful not to knowingly be around anyone who is ill.
Hope you can get answers to your health concerns.

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@momofthree1

I have Morphea and can not find a doctor who knows anything about it. It took me seven years ,three outbreaks and way to many doctors to get treatment. I went UK dermatology and was given meds that worked on all the discoloration ,but now I am getting sharp burning pains in the many areas that are affected.

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@momofthree1 If you care to, will you tell us more about the morphea? I know that most of us with an autoimmune disease had a long time before getting diagnosed. What symptoms took you to the doctor? Are your symptoms controlled now?

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@morphea Hi Welcome to connect where we help if we can . I found a website for you if you want to look at it http://www.nih.gov/rarediseases

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@markymark911

I'm wondering if I am in the correct discussion area, and if so, my question has to do with, am I at Higher risk to COVID 19 having Lichens Planus?

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Hello @markymark911, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I also have an autoimmune condition and feel I am a high risk patient due to that and my age. There is a discussion in the COVID-19 group that you may want to join where members are discussion questions similar to yours and also learning safe practices for the COVID-19 situation.

COVID-19 What do people with immune deficiency need to do? — https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid19-primary-and-common-immune-deficiency/

You may also be interested in reading through the following discussion on Lichen Planus and read the latest Mayo Clinic News Network information on COVID-19

Lichen planus — https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lichen-planus-2da636/
Mayo Clinic News Network — https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/category/covid-19/

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I'm wondering if I am in the correct discussion area, and if so, my question has to do with, am I at Higher risk to COVID 19 having Lichens Planus?

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@markymark911

I'm wondering if I am in the correct discussion area, and if so, my question has to do with, am I at Higher risk to COVID 19 having Lichens Planus?

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Hi @markymark911 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion about autoimmune diseases and COVID-19. I did this so that you can meet others who were asking a similar question about whether an autoimmune disease, such as lichen planus, might put you in a higher risk category for COVID-19.

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