Self-limiting diseases refer to ones that follow a temporary course and usually will resolve by themselves without the need for medical intervention. However, in a number of instances medical treatment does help the disease to run its course faster and/or with less overall discomfort.

It is important to distinguish between self-limiting symptoms and self-limiting diseases. For example, the symptoms of primary syphilis resolve by themselves. However, the disease is not over. If left untreated, it will return as secondary and tertiary syphilis, eventually causing serious harm.

Although a number of disease conditions are self-limiting, it is not recommended to engage in a process of self-diagnosis. If you are not feeling well, check with a physician to review your symptoms.


Additional Information about Self-limiting Disease

Self-Limited Diseases from The Hygenic System: Orthopathy by Herbert M. Shelton

The management of minor illness by general
- article by Whitehouse and Hodgkin, appearing in the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners,


Examples of Self-Limiting Diseases

Childhood Exanthemata (skin rash)



Nasopharyngitis (common cold)




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