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Is lupus erythematosus infectious?

Is lupus erythematosus infectious?

No: Is a immune based disease does not recognize self and attacks multiple organs. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Discoid Lupus (Definition)

Discoid lupus (think singer seal) is seen by itself or with systemic lupus erythematosus (sle). Abut 25% of sle pts have discoid symptoms. If discoid lupus is by itself, 5-10% of them will go on to have sle, but the disease is relatively mild. Discoid lesions are areas of inflammation that go through the dermal layer of skin, causing scarring (like stretch marks). ...Read more


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I might have discoid lupus erythematosus. What is it like to be a patient?

I might have discoid lupus erythematosus. What is it like to be a patient?

Your personality: Discoid lupus is a relatively benign disorder and can usually be treated with medication. Different people have different reactions to a diagnosis and their responses vary as with any other life event. If your concern is about being a patient with dle, you should consider yourself fortunate that you do not have a more serious illness. ...Read more

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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Schedule regular clinic visits with your rheumatologist, and don't miss them
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Take all of your medications every day
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Wear SPF 30+ and a hat everyday to avoid unprotected sun exposure
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Get plenty of rest every day, as fatigue can trigger flares
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Systemic lupus erythematosus--what is sle?

Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus. ...Read more

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Is discoid lupus cancer?

Is discoid lupus cancer?

No: It is a chronic, autoimmune skin disorder and does not predispose to cancer. ...Read more

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Is systemic lupus erythematosus fatal?

Sometimes.: Sle is generally treated with good response, but unfortunately it is sometimes fatal. ...Read more

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Atenolol-induced lupus erythematosus http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/9270530?

Atenolol-induced lupus erythematosus           http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/9270530?

Let me explain: I read the article, this medication could induce symptoms of autoimmune disease including lupus, but lupus has no cure to date but those symptoms disappear with the treatment. That the main difference. ...Read more

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Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Yes: Discoid lupus is confined to the skin while systemic lupus can affect literally any organ of the body including the skin. ...Read more

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Is systemic lupus erythematous contagious?

Is  systemic lupus erythematous contagious?

No: It is an autoimmune disease in which your body produces antibodies against your own body cells leading to organ damages if left untreated. It is not contagious. ...Read more

Dr. Alfred Kim Dr. Kim
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What gene causes lupus erythematosus?

Dr. Alfred Kim Dr. Kim
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What gene causes lupus erythematosus?

Many genes: The previous answer is right with several genes associated with lupus, but no one knows how those genes cause disease. I think it's important to remember that there is likely many ways to develop lupus symptoms, and this will vary between people. So some of these known genes will be important for some, and not important for others. As we sequence more patients, we'll have more answers. ...Read more

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What is trigger systemic lupus erythematosus in antiquity?

Mysterious lupus: It is not known what causes lupus erythematosus. Referring to antiquity, lupus was used to describe several different rashes. It could be autoimmune, where the body attacks itself such as lupus erythematosus or discoid lupus. It could be caused by tuberculosis infection such as lupus vulgaris. It could be related to another inflammatory disease such as sarcoidosis which causes lupus pernio. ...Read more

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Which percentage of diagnosed lupus cases are sle, systemic lupus erythmatosus?

Lupus: Lupus comes in 4 major types: systemic, discoid (skin only), neonatal, and drug-induced. Some people who have an abnormality in their immune system and fail to make a body defense protein called complement are also at risk for developing lupus. It has been estimated that 1.5 million people in the US have one of these lupus forms. Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop this disease than men. ...Read more

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How are systemic lupus erythematosus, coma & leukopenia related?

How are systemic lupus erythematosus, coma & leukopenia related?

SLE: Is a systemic disease and is a form of vascullitis, which means that there is inflammation in the blood vessels as a result it is a multi-system disease and can affect any organ in the body. When the brain is affected it can lead to changes in mood, psychosis and even coma. Leukopenia is a recognized feature of SLE at some point in the course of the disease. It can affect the kidneys, joints etc ...Read more

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Why is the butterfly rash in systemic lupus erythematosus?

Why is the butterfly rash in systemic lupus erythematosus?

Thin skin: Thin area around the nose/cheeks is very sensitive to sun and the first to show sle signs. ...Read more

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Why hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating systemic lupus erythematosus?

Why hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating systemic lupus erythematosus?

It is magic?: 1the use of anti-malarials in autoimmune diseases was accidentally discovered in treating wwii vets for malaria. Those with RA improved. Chloroquine and ho-q were tested in sle, with very positive results. In the early 80's canadian researchers definitively showed fewer sle flares with ho-q. It is considered the rx of first choice for :sle. We now understand more of the mechanisms, but not all. ...Read more

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Does highly elevated antinuclear antibody result always mean systemic lupus erythematosus?

Does highly elevated antinuclear antibody result always mean systemic lupus erythematosus?

Not always: Unfortunately, there is no single laboratory test that absolutely rules in or out systemic lupus erythematosis (sle). Although a highly positive antinuclear antigen (ANA) is common in sle, diagnosis is based on a careful history, physical exam and laboratory evaluation. ...Read more

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What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

None: Diet and omega 3 fatty acids may help but there are no specific vitamin or herbal supplements for sle. Avoiding sugar and dairy is helpful for some people. Omega three fatty acids along with vitamin c and b complex may reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for discoid lupus erythematosus?

Less sun, some Rx: Sun protection, topical steroids, avoidance of any drug which may have provoked the dle. If no better in 2-4 weeks, cortisone injections into the lesions or topical calcineurin inhibitors. If still no better in 2-4 more weeks, oral hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial medication. There are even further treatment for refractory cases but the above usually works. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for discoid lupus erythematosus?

Less sun, some Rx: Sun protection, topical steroids, avoidance of any drug which may have provoked the dle. If no better in 2-4 weeks, cortisone injections into the lesions or topical calcineurin inhibitors. If still no better in 2-4 more weeks, oral hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial medication. There are even further treatment for refractory cases but the above usually works. ...Read more

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I might have discoid lupus erythematosus. What is it like to be a patient?

Your personality: Discoid lupus is a relatively benign disorder and can usually be treated with medication. Different people have different reactions to a diagnosis and their responses vary as with any other life event. If your concern is about being a patient with dle, you should consider yourself fortunate that you do not have a more serious illness. ...Read more

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Malaria as a child now diagnosed Discoid lupus erythematosus, Rash in ears and behind Started 2 weeks steroid cream why are Anti-malaria Drugs used ?

Hydroxychloroquine : There is no association between your past history of malaria and recent diagnosis of discoid lupus. Hydroxychloroquine and similar medication has the additional benefits of being anti-rheumatic medication as well as anti-malarial. Best wishes ...Read more

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What is the treatment for discoid lupus erythematosus?

Less sun, some Rx: Sun protection, topical steroids, avoidance of any drug which may have provoked the dle. If no better in 2-4 weeks, cortisone injections into the lesions or topical calcineurin inhibitors. If still no better in 2-4 more weeks, oral hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial medication. There are even further treatment for refractory cases but the above usually works. ...Read more

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What is lichenoid lupus erythematosus? How is it different from discoid lupus erythematosus? Best course of treatment that does not involve oral meds?

Oral agents best: Lichenoid lupus refers to a specific type if rash sometimes photosensitive, which is oftern red and raised. It occurs between the dermis and epidermis under the microscope. Discoid may also start as a red area but will cause atrophy and scarring. The best treatment is usually the oral agent plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Other options include sunscreen, moisturizers and topical steroids if the areas are small. ...Read more

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Should Dentist's be informed of a patient with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus for anaesthetic injections for wisdom tooth removal a different type used?

Should Dentist's be informed of a patient with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus for anaesthetic injections for wisdom tooth removal a different type used?

Inform dentist: You should inform your dentist or doctor about all of your health issues, any medications you take, including over the counter drugs, herbals, nutritional supplements and any street drugs. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for systemic lupus erythematosus?

See rheumatologist: It is critical to see a rheumatologist, who can determine if it is lupus, if it actually compromises your health, what body systems are affected and if treatment is needed, to tailor the treatment to the risks they present. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus?

SLE: Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs. ...Read more

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Can I donate my eggs if I have lupus erythematosus?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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Can I donate my eggs if I have lupus erythematosus?

Probably not: Since your genes may well render the baby at a higher risk of developing an autoimmune disease, I'd prefer that you don't. However it would be a different matter if you decide to have a child of your own due to your own needs but your eggs would not be ideal as donor eggs. I am not a genetic counsellor but why take the risk? ...Read more

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What is worse lupus erythematosus or polymorthic light eruption?

Lupus: Lupus can be associated with internal problems including problems with the kidneys, sores in the mouth, hair loss and other issues. Pmle involves the skin only and resolves relatively easily with topical steroid use and can be controlled with sunscreen use. Lupus can progress over time and should be monitored closely by a physician for signs of progression. ...Read more

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Systemic lupus erythematosus--what is sle?

Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus. ...Read more

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Is systemic lupus erythematosus a kind of cancer?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Is systemic lupus erythematosus a kind of cancer?

No : It is an autoimmune disorder that can affect multiple organs. It is not cancer. ...Read more

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How are systemic lupus erythematosus, coma & leukopenia related?

SLE: Is a systemic disease and is a form of vascullitis, which means that there is inflammation in the blood vessels as a result it is a multi-system disease and can affect any organ in the body. When the brain is affected it can lead to changes in mood, psychosis and even coma. Leukopenia is a recognized feature of SLE at some point in the course of the disease. It can affect the kidneys, joints etc ...Read more

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Why hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating systemic lupus erythematosus?

It is magic?: 1the use of anti-malarials in autoimmune diseases was accidentally discovered in treating wwii vets for malaria. Those with RA improved. Chloroquine and ho-q were tested in sle, with very positive results. In the early 80's canadian researchers definitively showed fewer sle flares with ho-q. It is considered the rx of first choice for :sle. We now understand more of the mechanisms, but not all. ...Read more