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How do antihistamines & other antinflammatories taken longterm affect accuracy of ESR,CRP, PTT tests when r/o lupus or other CTD's?

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

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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?

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

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Lupus anti body what are the symptoms?

Lupus anti body what are the symptoms?

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

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What are the symptoms of discoid lupus? 

What are the symptoms of discoid lupus? 

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

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What are some signs and symptoms of lupus?

What are some signs and symptoms of lupus?

Fatigue, pain: 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

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Do all lupus patients have the same symptoms? 

No: The disease can vary greatly.Some have skin involvement only while others never develop skin involvement. Others have arthritis only. Followup with your doctor is important to monitor your ideas and treatment. Lupus can be self limited and burn it itself out. ...Read more

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What is rosacea? Is it related to lupus or a symptom of lupus?

What is rosacea? Is it related to lupus or a symptom of lupus?

No: Rosacea is not a part of lupus erythematosus. It is a poorly understood skin disorder that affects 16 million Americans. Try www.rosacea.org for more information on the disease and possible causes and treatment. ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more