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Fingernails Of Lupus
I am 23 with lupus. Why do I wake up with swollen hands and numb throbbing fingers at night and my fingernails turn pale blue. ?
Multiple things: Ask your doctor if you may have raynaud's phenomenon, which turns fingers and toes blue. Also your doctor can check for arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, or other causes. A rheumatologist would be helpful; rheumatologists diagnose and treat autoimmune diseases, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions like what you are describing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more
I have horizontal ridges on my finger nails and i'm being tested for lupus. Is that a sign of an autoimmune disease?
Probably not.: I've never seen lupus cause horizontal nail ridges, although i suppose it's possible. Certain medications can do it, as can diabetes and certain systemic diseases. If you're not on any medications, your doctor may wish to extend the workup to look for other internal causes, besides lupus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Somewhat hereditary?: Sle (lupus) is an auto-immune disorder in which a person's immune system is reacting strongly against parts of his own body. The inflammation from the immune system reaction leads to symptoms. It is believed to be partly genetic or familial (some people may be genetically more likely to get sle) and partly environmental (something happens in a person's life that sets off the auto-immune reaction). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many Sx:: Lupus is both a clinical and laboratory diagnosis. I have many people with some labs indicating sle, but virtually no symptoms or findings suggestive of actual disease. V the attached figure has the cardinal potential problems clinically associated with active lupus. Even if a patient of mine has serologic lupus with no disease, a place them on generic plaquenyl at the appropriate dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possible signs: Lupus has many possible symptoms, depending on what part of the body is affected, and on how severe the condition is. Some symptoms are: fatigue, fever, weight changes, joint pain or stiffness, swollen joints, rash on the cheeks and bridge of the nose, skin rash from sunshine, sores in the mouth, hair loss, poor circulation in fingers or toes from stress or cold temperatures, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Estimate: Numbers are difficult to obtain but the estimate for the United States is between 500, 000 and 1.5 million have lupus. Women greatly outnumber men with this disease. Black skinned individuals have the highest incidence. The peak ages are between 15 and 40. ...Read more
Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune disease and affects skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs , brain , blood and blood vessels . In lupus immune system makes antibodies to healthy cells causing inflammation leading to damage to organ or body system .Lupus is not contagious.It is not a cancer or related to hiv. It is a chronic inflammatory disease with ups and downs. With good care most can lead healthy life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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