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Having Lupus And Getting Shingles
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more
I have lupus and have had the shingles twice in 4 years. Are there any precautions I can take to prevent?
Zoster or simplex: You should see a doctor and confirm if you have shingles(herpes zoster) or a fever blister(herpes simplex). If you have had shingles it is unlikely it will continue to recur. Having the disease is like being vaccinated and is generally protective. There are oral medications that can be taken to prevent a recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have lupus Sle and I keep getting the shingles ? This is the4th time Ive had them ? Why won't it go away?
Not a virus yet: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune disease where antibodies are directed at one`s own tissues including joints, skin, kidneys, lungs and even brain. While we now have excellent treatments for this once commonly fatal disease, we do not know the trigger or triggers that set off the immune system. Even though infectious agents are suspected, none have as yet been identified or treated. ...Read more
Immune regulation: One's immune system requires a control center (regulatory lymphocytes etc) to keep it in balance. When the regulation is impaired, immune disorders such as allergic and autoimmune disorders develop. There is also a strong genetic and hormonal influences. Females or people with family history of autoimmune or allergic disorders are at a higher risk to develop these diseases. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Red wolf: Lupus erythematosus literally means "the red wolf", though i've been puzzled for a lifetime as to why. I admire your courage in choosing a tattoo to stand for the challenge that you must fight. Stay brave and if this is truly what you want, then wear it with pride. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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