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Long Term And Short Term Effects Of Lupus
Please clarify: Are you inquiring if your having discoid lupus will have effect on your child's health? If you have the disease, it not likely to affect the child. If the child has discoid lupus, it is, unfortunately, a life long affliction and may result in scarring of sun exposed skin. Preventing exposure to sun through proper clothing, hats, and sun screen should help. ...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
What are the possible side effects/long term issues related to cutaneous lupus? I currently have vasculitis in my legs. What else could be of concern?
It is always: important to make sure you truly have the cutaneous type and not the systemic type. Simple blood tests may help. Also having a good Rheumatologist to help with the definitive diagnosis would be important. ...Read more
Not likely: If the disease/lupus has not caused problem, it should not cause long-term trouble because removing the offending drug will often be the cure of this type of lupus. If it is has been an on-going for years before diagnosis, it is quite possible permanent damage to organs such as kindey/heart/lungs/brain. If not, likely u are ok after stopping the culprit. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which is safer (less longterm risks) to use long term for lupus control: prednisone 5mg daily or methotrexate weekly? (i'm also on plaquenil).
What are some of the causes and treatments for long term coughing and breathing problems with lupus (lse) when no infection or fever.
SLE affects lungs : The inflammatory sle process often affects the lungs and surrounding tissue. Lupus can scar the lungs making them stiffer causing shortness of breath with panting respirations, fatigue and a chronic dry cough. It can also inflame the pleura and chest wall causing chest pain. Treatment of sle lung usually involves corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory agents such as methotrexate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Lupus treatment has improved over the past two decades. Most patients are living longer. Some have a severe life threatening form of lupus that can have a shorter life expectancy. This is the case if lupus causes organ damage such as the kidneys or brain. Some of the medications, especially prednisone, can also cause damage. Patients die from lupus itself, infections, and heart attacks/strokes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can continuing to poke lymphnodes make them irritated and not go away? And if you have lupus how long after meds does it take for them 2 go away
No: If you poke any tissue it would be more irritated , there is no time limit when l/nodes would go away , ithink you meant swelling of l/nodes please donot pke. ...Read more
A long time: Lupus severity can vary greatly. Some suffer badly much of the time, and they can be more likely to encounter dangerous complications. Many, though, will have milder and more occasional symptoms (rashes, achiness, fatigue). Taking Hydroxychloroquine and finding a careful rheumatologist will almost certainly improve the quality of your life - and may also help you to live a normal lifespan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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