A 36-year-old female asked:
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with lupus, is it normal 2 flare with a simple virus?i have stomach virus &have mild sharp chest pains, jt pains, dizziness, etc like i do w/flares.

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Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Need more informatio: I would consider three things. The first is everything is a viral illness. The second is everything is a lupus flare. And third yes infections can cause lupus to flare. In science to get an immune response in the lab one thing we do is to use some type of stimulation. Over the years a substance called freunds adjuvant which is developed from infectious protein can stimulate immune reaction better.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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