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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Autoimmune disease: Lupus (or sle or systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease that can cause many symptoms including joint pains, kidney disease, rashes, blood count disturbances and more. Your doctor can evaluate if you need to be tested. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

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Inflammatory disease: Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease [instead of your body fighting germs or bacteria, it starts to attack healthy cells] with unknown cause. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

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 more

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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Autoimmunity: Lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. The immune system attacks the patient's own body (autoimmunity) and can inflame the skin, joints, kidneys, nervous system, lungs, mucous membranes, and other internal organs. A red rash is often but not always present hence the term lupus erythematosus meaning "red wolf.". ...Read more

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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Auto-immune disease: Systemic lupus erythematosis: a complex disease. It is an "auto-immune" disease (production of antibodies attacking the sufferer's own body). Symptoms can include fevers, aches/pains, fatigue, weight loss, kidney disease, rash, easy clotting, many others. Treatment includes suppressing the immune system to reduce the antibodies. Discoid lupus has a rash, not necessarily other symptoms. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

It is: It is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your body. There are 4 forms: systemic, drug-induced, discoid, and subacute cutanenous. The lupus foundation's website has great educational material. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Autoimmune disease: The immune system causes inflammation in skin (often red cheeks after sun exposure), and/or joints, and sometimes organs like kidney, muscle, liver, blood vessels, brain. Treated with plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) antiinflammatories, other meds, and healthy habits like vaccines to prevent infections and exercise to stay fit. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

See details: Lupus is the name given to a group of autoimmune diseases in which the immune system become overactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues. These tissues include skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, heart and nerves. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune collagen vascular disease. Can be cutaneous or systemic and is in the family of rheumatological disorders. ...Read more

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What is Lupus?

Lupus: It is a multi-system, chronic, inflammatory disorder that can primarily present as skin rash, shortness of breath, neuropathy or kidney disease. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Lupus: Hard to explain. Your own body produces antibodies against your own body. Causing multisystem/multiorgan disorders. Mostly affect the joints, skin, kidney, blood, nerves. May be prone to kidney disease, blood clots, and fatigue. Treatment is complex. This is when you really need to kow your doctor well. Females are more affected. Www. Lupus. Org. ...Read more

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Is lupus rare?

Yes: It occurs in about 1 in 700 Caucasian women and 1 in 300 African American women. ...Read more

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What causes lupus?  

What causes lupus?  

More than one reason: It is felt the lupus is the result of a combination of things some of which are not known. A combination of genetic wrists, environmental exposures, possible viral infections are all considered. There may be more than one cause of lupus. ...Read more

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Can men have lupus?

Yes: Lupus is an auto-immune disorder that can affect various organs including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, etc. Males and females can get lupus. Check out lupus. Org for more information. ...Read more

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Who all gets lupus?

Genes, environment: This answer will change as we know more about lupus. We believe that for a person to get lupus, from the limited genetic information we have now, about 10% is from known genetic causes and remaining 90% unknown genetic causes and environmental causes.

Environmental causes are largely undefined but important. Think about this: only 30% of identical twins develop lupus together. ...Read more

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Can I fast in lupus?

See below: Without knowing your full history of lupus, I advise against it but your rheumatologist knows your more than we do. ...Read more

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Is Lupus reversible?

Is Lupus reversible?

No: Lupus in all its various presentations is treatable but it is not curable nor reversible. In some cases, lupus may go into remission but if it does go into remission, it does so on its own and does not go into remission as a result of treatment. ...Read more

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Is lupus hereditary?  

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 more

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How do you get lupus?

How do you get lupus?

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

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What are lupus flares?

Worsening: Flares are worsening of lupus signs and symptoms. Stress reduction, a healthy diet, routine exercise, and avoidance of excess sun exposure all help to reduce lupus flares. If you smoke, you must stop as it is deadly especially in lupus. Speak to your doctor about which medications to avoid. Also ask if you should be on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) which has very few risks but offers significant protection. ...Read more

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How is lupus treated?  

Immuno-suppressants: Lupus is treated with immuno-suppressant medications, by rheumatology doctors, to block a patient's abnormal auto-immune reactions. ...Read more

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What exactly is lupus?

What exactly is lupus?

Autoimmune: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune illness. This means people have a immume response against themselves and their own tissues. The hallmark blood test is a positive anti-nuclear antibody or an ana. Depending on what tissue is involved results in the clinical symptoms such as rash, arthritis, kidney disease etc. ...Read more

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Ho do you treat lupus?

Varied therapies: It depends on what manifestations of disease you have. Treatments may include anti inflammatory medications, steroids and many other treatments. These really depend on your symptoms with severe nervous system or kidney disease powerful drugs lime Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) may also be needed. ...Read more

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How do you treat lupus?

Complicated: If you have lupus, you should see a doctor specializing in careof that disease. The specialist here would be a rheumatologist. You may have a pcp who is very competent in caring for you, however. You may need to be followed by a dermatologist, nephrologist (kidney doctor) and neurologist. Can't give you the whole enchilada in 400 character space. (google a reputable web site). ...Read more

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What is systemic lupus?

Autoimmune disease: Lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. The immune system attacks the patient's own body (autoimmunity) and can inflame the skin, joints, kidneys, nervous system, lungs, mucous membranes, and other internal organs. A red rash is often but not always present. Thus, it was named lupus erythematosus meaning "red wolf.". ...Read more

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What can trigger lupus?  

Sun. Infections: Sunisa trigger and infections or low immune system may cause lupus to flare. Alternative physicians propose that sugar, carbs and dairy aggravate lupus and omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin c help. ...Read more

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How to deal with lupus?

How to deal with lupus?

Don't worry!: Virtually all sle patients can be remitted. Make sure your DX has been confirmed by someone in rheumatology. I see many pts with the DX who do not have systemic lupus! ...Read more

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What are lupus symptoms?

See details: There are 11 diagnostic criteria for lupus. Google them. ...Read more

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How is lupus diagnosed?

Multiple factors: The diagnosis of lupus is made based on a constellation of clinical and laboratory criteria. That is there are a number of pre-determined symptoms, physical signs (things a Dr. Sees when examining you), and findings on bloodwork. A minimum number of these must be present in order for the diagnosis to be made. So, you would need to have a physical exam and have blood work drawn. ...Read more