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What is tumid lupus erythematosus and how is it treated?

What is tumid lupus erythematosus and how is it treated?

Cutaneous lupus: Tumid lupus is a rare variant of cutaneous lupus characterized by pink to purple non-scarring plaque-like skin lesions. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for systemic lupus erythematosus?

What do you recommend for systemic lupus erythematosus?

See rheumatologist: It is critical to see a rheumatologist, who can determine if it is lupus, if it actually compromises your health, what body systems are affected and if treatment is needed, to tailor the treatment to the risks they present. ...Read more

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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Schedule regular clinic visits with your rheumatologist, and don't miss them
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Take all of your medications every day
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Wear SPF 30+ and a hat everyday to avoid unprotected sun exposure
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Get plenty of rest every day, as fatigue can trigger flares
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What are the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus?

What are the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus?

Many: People with lupus may have joint pain, skin rashes, chest pain, heart probelms, hair loss, fingers changing color in the cold, rash in the sunshine, neuro-psychologic problems. These are only soemof the symtpoms peopel can have. They can also have none of these. Your physician will evaluate all of these, get labs tests and imaging. ...Read more

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What can I use for systemic lupus erythematosus symptoms if I don't have a new doctor yet?

Many but need doctor: The first thing to do is define your lupus, everyone with lupus is different. You need to contact your physician — see a rheumatologist, define your lupus and then you decide on your treatment. Not everyone with lupus needs meds, but you need good health habits — no smoking, exercise, etc defining your type of lupus will clarify the best medications for you to take. ...Read more

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Why hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating systemic lupus erythematosus?

Why hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating systemic lupus erythematosus?

It is magic?: 1the use of anti-malarials in autoimmune diseases was accidentally discovered in treating wwii vets for malaria. Those with RA improved. Chloroquine and ho-q were tested in sle, with very positive results. In the early 80s canadian researchers definitively showed fewer sle flares with ho-q. It is considered the rx of first choice for :sle. We now understand more of the mechanisms, but not all. ...Read more

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What are the tests for systemic lupus erythematosus?

What are the tests for systemic lupus erythematosus?

Positive ANA and...: Positive ANA and a positive double stranded dna antibody titer of significance. This coupled with clinical criteria is the least required for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What gene causes lupus erythematosus?

What gene causes lupus erythematosus?

Many genes: The previous answer is right with several genes associated with lupus, but no one knows how those genes cause disease.

I think it's important to remember that there is likely many ways to develop lupus symptoms, and this will vary between people. So some of these known genes will be important for some, and not important for others. As we sequence more patients, we'll have more answers. ...Read more

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Does highly elevated antinuclear antibody result always mean systemic lupus erythematosus?

Does highly elevated antinuclear antibody result always mean systemic lupus erythematosus?

Not always: Unfortunately, there is no single laboratory test that absolutely rules in or out systemic lupus erythematosis (sle). Although a highly positive antinuclear antigen (ANA) is common in sle, diagnosis is based on a careful history, physical exam and laboratory evaluation. ...Read more

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Is the cognitive dysfunction that results from systemic lupus erythematosus typically permanent?

It depends: Lupus can cause both reversible and irreversible changes to the nervous system, and these can affect personality, memory, and other basic aspects of patients' lives. That said, simply being sick can aggravate depression, sleep deprivation, etc. Controlling pain and other disruptive elements of the disease, can improve quality of life and help people be more who they would like to be. ...Read more

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What is treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

What is treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

S L E : Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune disease, that can affect skin, joints, kodneys, brain, and other organs. Auto immune means bodys immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues

It is treated with steroids and non steroidal anti inflammatory meds, avoid sun and wear protective clothing. Cytotoxic drugs if you do not respond to cortico steroids
cytotoxics have side effects need to be monit. ...Read more

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How can one cure systemic lupus erythematosus?

How can one cure systemic lupus erythematosus?

No cure but ...: Lupus cannot be cured but the symptoms can often be controlled. In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Lupus can be mild. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Lupus can be severe. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the cause of lupus erythematosus?

Autoimmune: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune illness. This means people have an 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. The cause seems be a combination of genetic and environmental exposures. ...Read more

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How much should people with systemic lupus erythematosus pay extra for the insurance in usa?

None: The reason that insurance exists is to spread the risk of any single person having any disease is divided among many healthy people with no disease. Our current system is prejudiced against anybody with a "pre-existing" illness such as yours and makes you pay extra. Makes getting insurance(or keeping it) tough. It is a lose-lose;dr and patient, win for insurance company. My gripe with aca. ...Read more

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What is the cause of lupus erythematosus?

Autoimmune: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune illness. This means people have an 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. The cause seems be a combination of genetic and environmental exposures. ...Read more

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How can one cure systemic lupus erythematosus?

No cure but ...: Lupus cannot be cured but the symptoms can often be controlled. In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Lupus can be mild. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Lupus can be severe. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for systemic lupus erythematosus?

Positive ANA and...: Positive ANA and a positive double stranded dna antibody titer of significance. This coupled with clinical criteria is the least required for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is 'systemic lupus erythematosus' in clear tems?

Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus?

Many: People with lupus may have joint pain, skin rashes, chest pain, heart probelms, hair loss, fingers changing color in the cold, rash in the sunshine, neuro-psychologic problems. These are only soemof the symtpoms peopel can have. They can also have none of these. Your physician will evaluate all of these, get labs tests and imaging. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for systemic lupus erythematosus?

See rheumatologist: It is critical to see a rheumatologist, who can determine if it is lupus, if it actually compromises your health, what body systems are affected and if treatment is needed, to tailor the treatment to the risks they present. ...Read more

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What is tumid lupus erythematosus and how is it treated?

Cutaneous lupus: Tumid lupus is a rare variant of cutaneous lupus characterized by pink to purple non-scarring plaque-like skin lesions. ...Read more

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What is trigger systemic lupus erythematosus in antiquity?

Mysterious lupus: It is not known what causes lupus erythematosus. Referring to antiquity, lupus was used to describe several rashes. It could be autoimmune, where the body attacks itself such as lupus erythematosus or discoid lupus. It could be caused by tuberculosis infection such as lupus vulgaris. It could be related to another inflammatory disease such as sarcoidosis which causes lupus pernio. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus?

SLE: 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 body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus diagnostic panel?

Labs for a + ANA: The antinuclear antibody test (ANA) is the initial screening test for lupus, but since it produces a lot of false positives, follow up testing for other auto antibodies is needed. The other tests in the panel are usually more specific for lupus, but less sensitive. Panels sometimes produce dubious results, so any positive test has to be taken in context. ...Read more

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How much should people with systemic lupus erythematosus pay extra for the insurance in usa?

None: The reason that insurance exists is to spread the risk of any single person having any disease is divided among many healthy people with no disease. Our current system is prejudiced against anybody with a "pre-existing" illness such as yours and makes you pay extra. Makes getting insurance(or keeping it) tough. It is a lose-lose;dr and patient, win for insurance company. My gripe with aca. ...Read more

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Is lupus erythematosus infectious?

No: Is an immune based disease does not recognize self and attacks multiple organs. ...Read more