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Lupus And Piercings
Should a person with lupus get a piercing? Also, if they do, decide to get a peircing, would cellulitis be a common reaction?
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.".See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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...See 1 more doctor answer
NOT KNOWN...: No one knows the final "trigger-pull" that causes lupus. We do know genetics play some role. We do know that hormones play a major role (reason for female dominance and females rarely getting sle before puberty). But why some with similar factors get disease is not known at present.See 1 more doctor answer
Different treatments: Systemic lupus can be a very severe disease, especially in children.Plaquenil alone may be sufficient to help prevent flares of disease once it is in remission, but to put it into remission almost always involves oral ;/or IV steroids.Depending on organs affected (kidney ; brain disease most severe), patients may need methotrexate, Rituximab (biologic), cytoxan, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) Imuran or a combo of these.See 1 more doctor answer