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Can Benadryl Improve Lupus Symptoms
How do antihistamines & other antinflammatories taken longterm affect accuracy of ESR, CRP, PTT tests when r/o lupus or other CTD's?
Little or none: ESR (sed rate) and C-reactive protein are actually of little real use in the lupus workup, and the public and physicians set too much by them generally. PTT is used to look for the "lupus anticoagulants" that paradoxically cause thrombosis. The common meds that affect small molecules like histamine and prostaglandins don't impact production of the proteins involved in these tests, or lupus testing ...Read more
Can lisinopril cause DISLE lupus? Have anti histone antibodies 1.4 and suffered AKI. Symptoms improved after disc lisinopril and with low dose pred.
Pregnant wife had allergic reaction. Hard to breath/wheezing/sneezing for 2 hours. No other symptoms. Improved after benadryl (diphenhydramine). Can that harm the baby?
No: Benedril in a right dose would not harm the baby! Just don't overuse it. ...Read more
Why do I have a lupus flare during my menstrual cycle most of the time? Also my p.O.T.S symptoms worsen during this time how can I help this?
Inflammation: Lupus and the pre-menstrual phase of the cycle are both known for being states of increased inflammation, so it makes sense that you might have this and notice it during your menstrual cycle. I would speak with your rheumatologist regarding medications that are safe to take to diminish the flare symptoms, as some anti-inflammatories are harmful for kidneys. Best of luck. ...Read more
Lupus: Lupus it is an autoimune disease. Means you have antibodies attacking your own body structures. One of the downsize of this disease is that can affect adversely the pregnancy.If you are a woman, pregnant you should definetely should see a doctor. Typically it appears as a rash on your face in form of butterfly when you expose your face to sun. There is treatment to slow down the disease progression. ...Read more
Scarring rash: Lupus affects in the skin in discoid lupus and in some cases of sle. There is redness usually on the cheeks, nose, possibly ears and scalp. It can show broken blood vessels, depressed scars, and a purple border. Topical or injections of steroids are often helpful. In more severe case oral antimalarials are used. ...Read more
This is a difficult question to answer since lupus has been associated with virtually every organ system, and can cause a multitude of symptoms.
Of all the symptoms that are seen in lupus, fatigue and joint pain are the most common (but also are seen in many, many other conditions).
The one symptom I find unique to lupus is photosensitivity: in form of rash or increasing fatigue. ...Read more
Every person differs: Although lupus is a diagnosis, it is not one set of symptoms each person with lupus is like a snowflake. Each person is different just like a snowflake and no two snowflakes are the same. Some people have similar problems like those which are highlighted in the american college of rheumatology classification criteria, ie, skin, joints, labs, etc. ...Read more
Unrelated: Independent phenomenon.Get a more detailed answer ›
Blood test: Lupus anticoagulant is a blood test.Get a more detailed answer ›
Main six: Stroke, seizures, headaches, psychiatric symptoms, neuropathy, and cognitive dysfunction can all be neurologic symptoms of lupus. Caution has to be used in diagnosis as certain symptoms such as headaches have many other causes, even in patients with known lupus. If a stroke or seizures occur in lupus, prompt diagnosis and treatment are mandatory as these carry a worse prognosis. ...Read more
See a Rheumatologist: This really needs to be discussed with a rheumatologist who can take a complete history and do a physical exam. In addition he or she will need to do additional laboratory tests before making the diagnosis of lupus or ruling it out. ...Read more
Varies: Systemic lupus erythematosis has many symptoms. Having sle does not mean that you will have neuro symptoms. In its most dangerous form neurologic sle can cause psychosis, siezures, mono neuritis multiplex (multiple peripheral nerves not functioning properly), and/or cranial nerve abnormmalities. Sle can also cause many other neuro symptoms. You should discuss all symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more
Varied symptoms: Each autoimmune disease can present with multiple symptoms. Common ones are rashes, joint pains, hair loss, ulcers in the mouth, irregular menstrual cycles, , photosensitivity, joint swelling etc. Usually its constellation of of signs and symptoms that suggest autoimmune disease. Then it is confirmed by blood tests ...Read more
Unfortunately not.: While it can lead to sedation, typically it is not a first line option for vertigo. Ultimately it depends on the cause of the vertigo. Occasionally anti inflammatory agents or other meds are necessary to help. ...Read more
No: Antihistamines are not considered addictive. Perhaps your experiencing the symptoms that you were previously treating. ...Read more
JIA/SLE symptoms: The most common symptoms of jia include joint stiffnesss and joint swelling. In lupus, joints and other organs can be affected such as the skin, kidneys, blood cells, nervous system, and muscles. Lupus can also cause more generalized symptoms such as fevers, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss. ...Read more
Unlikely: Lupus like symptoms is quite vague. As lupus potentially can affect any organ system in the body, many symptoms are consistent with those seen in lupus. Low IgA is not a typical feature of lupus. It is more commonly seen in certain bowel disorders in which, many symptoms overlap with those seen in lupus. ...Read more
The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, are:
extreme fatigue (tiredness),
painful or swollen joints,
anemia (low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume),
swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes,
pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy).
Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose,
others. ...Read more
It is a sedative antihistamine. Causes drowsiness, dryness of respiratory system & even impair breathing in elderly patient & otherr very affected ones.
A high dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (over 150 mg) can cause depression of system & is compare to 0.08% of alcohol effect in the brain. ...Read more
How much?: Depends on how much you took and how you metabolize it. The half life is 3-9 hours. That means that in general it will be out of your system in 15 hours to 2 days unless you took a huge amount or have liver disease. Why did you od? ...Read more
I was just diagnosed with lupus. I have all the symptoms except the butterfly rash. Is this right?
Yes: The rash is a classic sign, although it is by no means required in order to make the diagnosis. ...Read more
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