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How can a person get lupus?

Amanda Xi Dr. Xi
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How can a person get lupus?

Autoimmune disease: Systemic lupus erythematosus (sle), or lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues of the body. This can occur from a number of different factors some of which is unknown. Certain medications are known to trigger sle in an otherwise healthy person. ...Read more

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Why does a person get lupus?

Lupus causes: Normally, during the early development of the immune system, blood cells the could potentially harm the body, by making antibodies that bind to "self" antigens are destroyed. Other times these cells are prevented from harming us because "suppressor" cells keep them under control and inactive. The loss of this immune control can cause an auto-immune disease, why this occurs is unknown. ...Read more

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How long can a person live for with lupus?

Decades: Depending on severity and extent of disease, and how responsive you are to medication the disease can often go into remission. There are people with severe cases as with any other disease, bit treatment is helpful in a very high percent of cases. ...Read more

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Can a major illness trigger lupus to develop in a person?

Short answer is yes: It is a very complication question, but it has been proven that one of the environmental factors that link with lupus is infection whether is virus or bacteria. More commonly is with strong family history with lupus or other autoimmune conditions and put your genetic pool in a more vulnerable position. ...Read more

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Is alcohol safe for a person w/ lupus?

Is alcohol safe for a person w/ lupus?

Moderation: In moderation, alcohol can be safe in patients with lupus but certain medications used for lupus may make it unsafe. The caveat is that alcohol has many problems if taken in excess, if taken before driving, if taken while pregnant, etc. The list goes on. However, having lupus is not an absolute contraindication to alcohol. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a person with lupus gets pnuemonia?

Could you tell me what happens if a person with lupus gets pnuemonia?

Confirm, monitoring: Pneumonia can be due to lupus per se or infection. The diagnosis must be confirmed.If it is confirmed infectious, they should receive antibiotics and very closely monitored. If they are on immunosuppressives, they may need tapering of immunosuppressives depending on the lupus disease activity. They should be under close supervision by md and most often requires rheumatologist input. ...Read more

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What are the things that make doctors think a person could have lupus?

What are the things that make doctors think a person could have lupus?

Multiorgan SLE: Typically, persons with systemic lupus erythematosis (sle) report joint swelling and pain. Others have a characteristic facial rash on both sides of their nose called a malar or "butterfly" rash. Some persons develop sharp chest pains that worsen with breathing call pleuritic pains. Sle can efffect kidneys, liver, brain and many other organs. ...Read more

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Does lupus always make a person tired?

Lupus: It is a systemic, autoimmune disease. Fatigue is unfortunately seen in a majority of patients, specially those who are steroids or immuno-modulator drugs. ...Read more

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Someone that has rheumatism is because that person has lupus?

Not really: Rheumatism is a general term for aches and pains. People with lupus can have joint pain but there are many other conditions that have aches and pains as well. ...Read more

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Could a person have lupus in their blood on a test and it never becomes active?

Yes: A positive ANA alone does not increase the risk of developing lupus in the future. The ANA is very nonspecific as well as is frequently positive in normals. ...Read more

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Could a person with 2 different negative ANA tests have lupus?

Could a person with 2 different negative ANA tests have lupus?

Yes, but ANA: negative lupus is uncommon. ANA is one of the criteria for diagnosing lupus, but a negative ANA does not rule out lupus. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/lupus/guide/laboratory-tests-used-diagnose-evaluate-sle ...Read more

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What specific blood tests would typically be elevated in a person with lupus?

Lupus: Lupus can be difficult to diagnose, but the usual battery of tests includes ANA, APL, Ant-Sm, Anti ds-DNA, Anti Ro(SSA), Ant La (SSB), ESR, Complement, CRP, chemistry panel, and urinalysis. ...Read more

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Can a person have Lupus if their ANA comes back negative? Could a diagnosis be made despite that?

Rarely: On occasion ANA- negative lupus has been seen. This is in special circumstances and is unusual. There are some complement deficiencies where it has been described. ...Read more

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Should a person with lupus get a piercing? Also, if they do, decide to get a peircing, would cellulitis be a common reaction?

Should a person with lupus get a piercing? Also, if they do, decide to get a peircing, would cellulitis be a common reaction?

Better not: Lupus patients usually are on some sort of immunosuppressants, meaning their immune system is bit compromised, skin integrity is part of intact immune system if it is breached can lead to skin inflammation or infection, cellulitis is one sort of such infection ...Read more

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What is the effect of daily cocktail drinking on a person (age 63) w/ lupus?

Nothing good!: As we age, our bodies can no longer break down the alcohol as it once did. Add to that the med regimens for the lupus and for whatever other meds you take and it's easy to see your liver being overwhelmed. It's time to stop. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to be diagnosed with lupus if they are ANA negative?

Rare: Ana's are sometimes done wrong even by good, big labs. If you are speaking of systemic lupus and the person has the classic clinical picture, then i would question the reliability of the lab's ANA and try a different lab or proceed as if lupus was indeed present. ...Read more

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Would any of the dermatologists please recommend a brand/type of sunscreen for a person with systemic lupus?

Would any of the dermatologists please recommend a brand/type of sunscreen for a person with systemic lupus?

See details: Doctors on the site will not promote specific brands of a product. Use one with an spf of 50 or greater. ...Read more