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Can Lupus Affect Your Eyes
Yes: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune connective tissue disorder with various clinical presentations. SLE affects many organ systems, including the central and peripheral nervous systems and muscles. Speech may be affected, although not a common manifestation of SLE. You may need a spinal tap to examine the fluid for evidence of white cells, protein and antibody. ...Read more
No: Allergies can cause itchy eyes. Scratching your eyes is not a good idea, as it may cause infection, and you could also scratch your cornea. For the same reasons, you should not wear contact lenses if your eyes are affected by allergies. You could use oral antihistamines like zyrtec (cetirizine) and/or antihistamine eye drops like Pataday to control the itching. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: From an autoimmune standpoint, thyroid can lead to dry eyes. With dry eyes, the vision may fluctuate or blur. Thyroid can also cause tissues within the eye socket to swell, leading to eyes that buldge out (and more dryness) and eyes that do no move together as a pair (leading to double vision). ...Read more
Raynaud's locations: Raynaud's disease is due to spasm of the muscular lining of vessels from temperature extremes. It most commonly affects the hands and occasionally the feet and is due to temp exposure. If it affected the knees, then you would expect everything beyond that such as the lower leg and feet could be affected as well. For knee pain, i would look at the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Dry eyes can cause your vision to be blurry and not correct with glasses or contacts. Using re-wetting drops can be helpful as well as having plugs inserted, but i would recommend seeing your opthomologist for a check-up as there may also be another cause for your vision changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Irritate: The what of the blow dryer could have an irritating effect on the skin around the eyes both from the heat and hot air. If this is concern be careful how you use blow dryer, facing it away from the face. If there symptoms that do not respond to conservative compresses and eye drops you should see eye doctor for reassurance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetes: Diabetes affects every organ system in your body, including your skin. If your diabetes is not controlled, you may find it more difficult for skin lesions or rashes to heal. You may even develop ulcerations that won't heal and lead to cellulitis, or even gangrene. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rheumatoid arthritis is primarily a joint disease: However, rheumatoid arthritis occasionally affects other parts of the body — including the eyes. The most common eye-related symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is dryness. Dry eyes also can be a symptom of Sjogren's syndrome — an autoimmune disorder that's often associated with rheumatoid arthritis. More rarely, rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation in the white part (sclera) of your eyes, which can result in redness and pain. The cornea, the clear membrane that covers the front of your eye, may also become inflamed. If you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience eye pain, vision changes or other eye problems, consult an ophthalmologist for an evaluation. Early treatment can help prevent vision-threatening complications. . ...Read more
Rarely: Although the eyes can feel "full" or heavy if you have sinus pressure, sinusitis rarely causes eye issues. If there is a true sinus infection that is left untreated, it can spread to the eye socket and lead to serious problems, but as long as it is being treated there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more
Should not: The sedimentation rate (ESR) is not diagnostic of any one disease but is increased in conditions with inflammation and necrosis (dying tissue). Esr is increased in collagen disease like lupus, infection (pneumonia, tb), tumors, heavy metal poisoning, heart attack, kidney diseases, anemia from chronic disease, arthritis conditions, gout, thyroid problems and more. It is not elevated in allergy. ...Read more
It can: Inflammation in your body gives you an independent risk factor for developing narrowing of the arteries called atherosclerosis. What you can do is control your cholesterol, control your blood pressure, exercise, eat right. Have a family doctor evaluate you for respecter's of cardiovascular disease. It can rarely cause problems such as inflammation of the lining of the heart. Those symptoms of the chest pain. ...Read more
Yes: Ra can affect the eye in many, many ways. The most common is probably simple dry eye. There are more severe manifestations as well including vasculitis, corneal melts, etc. Keeping the RA in check systemically is the best way of protecting the eye. Eye complications are a definite sign of RA that is not controlled adequately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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