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I have been possibly exposed to chickenpox, and have lupus, what should I do now?

I have been possibly exposed to chickenpox, and have lupus, what should I do now?

Infection: Call your primary care doctor. If you have been exposed in the past and/or vaccinated, you should be safe. The risk is if you are on immunosuppressant therapy for lupus. They might want you to simply watch for symptoms but better to be safe and call. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Can lupus give you bad breath?

Can lupus give you bad breath?

Don't need lupus for: Causes can include diet, e.g. Onions, garlic, coffee, etc., sinus issues, dental problems, some GI problems, meds, supplements. Lupus is not known for causing bad breath, but arguably could if affects salivation, etc. ...Read more

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Is using a computer too much is bad for people with lupus (systemic and nephritis)?

Is using a computer too much is bad for people with lupus (systemic and nephritis)?

No: No, but what is the computer use interfering with. If it interferes with healthy lifestyle, interferes with sleep, etc then it could be detrimental to your lupus. ...Read more

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Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 20, does that make me, at age 54, more or less likely to get shingles?

Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 20, does that make me, at age 54, more or less likely to get shingles?

Neither more or less: The only chickenpox age that raises the risk is very young, 50%. http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/shingles-and-chickenpox-varicellazoster-virus Take care of yourself, but do relax about this concern. Your risk is not elevated. Be well! ...Read more

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What's lupus and how bad is it?

Auto immune disease: Acordding t o mayo clinic : lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. ...Read more

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How bad is lupus?& how bad does it get?

Everyone is different: Everybody with lupus is different. Some people could have a very mild lupus. Others can have very serious involvement of many organs. The purpose of our therapy is to control it the best we can and help stamp it out. ...Read more

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I am a 45 yr old man with sle lupus. Is there something i can take to help with being so forgetful is getting bad ?

Need evaluation: There other things that can cause you forgetful besides lupus though it is more common than previously thought to have neurocognitive defects secondary to lupus. Talk to your rheumatologist about your symptoms as you may need further testing to sort this out. Hope that helps. ...Read more