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October 9th is PANDAS/PANS Awareness

October 9, 2018

I was a little disappointed this wasn’t about panda bears, but it’s still an interesting subject.

Autoimmune Wellness

I was watching one of my favorite TV shows, “Chicago Med” and they had a little boy come in and his parents told the doctors that he was diagnosed with PANDAS. That is on my list of autoimmune disorders, so I thought I would write a post about this.

Autoimmunity in PANDAS/PANS

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What is PANDAS and PANS?

PANDAS – Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. That is a mouthful.

PANS – Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes

What is Neuropsychiatry? It is a branch of medicine that deals with mental disorders attributable to diseases of the nervous system.

PANDAS occurs when strep triggers a misdirected immune response results in inflammation on a child’s brain. In turn, the child quickly begins to exhibit life changing symptoms such as:

  • OCD
  • anxiety
  • tics
  • personality changes
  • decline in math and handwriting abilities
  • sensory sensitivities
  • restrictive eating, and more.

When strep cannot be linked to the…

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