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Yes.: A number of studies have shown this. Most people will require more than this: methorexate or sulfasalzine are two. If a person is in remission with ho-q, they are fortunate and probably had milder disease. ...Read more
Antimalarial: Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. It is used to prevent and treat acute attacks of malaria. It is also used to treat discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis in patients whose symptoms have not improved with other treatments. It does not prevent rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more
Does not prevent: Water therapy is a treatment for all types of arthritis but is not a cure. Also with psoriatic arthritis , i would be careful with water therapy. The water may have the potential to irritate the psoriasis. Talk to your dermatologist about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 80's 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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Lupus: Lupus comes in 4 major types: systemic, discoid (skin only), neonatal, and drug-induced. Some people who have an abnormality in their immune system and fail to make a body defense protein called complement are also at risk for developing lupus. It has been estimated that 1.5 million people in the US have one of these lupus forms. Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop this disease than men. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Less now: In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more
Www.nlm.nih.gov: Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer andthese are antioxidants :beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin a, vitamin c, vitamin e. ...Read more
Does infectious disease specialist treat or study systemic scleroderma. Undifferentied diffuse connective tissue disease,raynauds?
No: these are generally dealt with by rheumatologists. Good luck. ...Read more
If SLE occurs when autoantibodies attack organs, then how is ANA negative SLE possible ? Wat is cuasing the damage in ANA negative SLE ? Thanks !
Mysterious lupus: It is not known what causes lupus erythematosus. Referring to antiquity, lupus was used to describe several different 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
Fairly : Can't recall the results of an actual study certifying effectiveness of condoms to prevent the transmission of genital herpes. Be aware that, generally speaking, genital herpes may be spread in an area as wide as what is described as boxer-short region. Therefore a condom, not covering an area as large as this, will have less than ideal protective ability. ...Read more
If you had an autoimmune flare of scleroderma caused by inflammation from tvt bladder sling, would you have all of the sling removed to prevent chronic exacerbation of scleroderma due to tvt material?
Assumption ?!: You are making an assumption that the flare up of scleroderma is due to the sling material. Perhaps the flare up is due to something else such as the anesthesia, or even the surgery itself. Speak to your rheumatologist, and if possible try and review scientific literature (http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed is excellent) before rushing into any additional surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard skin: Scleroderma literally means "hard skin." it is a connective tissue disease that primarily involves the skin which becomes fibrotic (hardened). Changes also may occur in the blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. The disease involves autoimmunity whereby the immune system attacks the normal tissues of the body. The cause is unknown. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Raynaud's Syndrome!: Raynaud's syndrome is most common, blanching of the last 2/3rds of the digits of the hand with cold, stress, or fear most common. Thickening of the skin of hands (sclerodactaly) is the second most common. Food sticking in the throat is another early sx. However some people can get early pulmonary or renal problems at the same time, or even before these other occur. If you have these, see a rheum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be hard problem: No simple answer. Scleroderma patients can have problems with chewing (soft diet helps), esophageal issues (poor contractions, lots of reflux-avoid fried, greasy, fatty, spicy foods, large meals, lying down after eating, chocolate, minimize coffee); can have diverticula and bacterial overgrowth in small bowel-causes diarrhea-may need episodic antibiotics; probiotics may help. C doc and dietician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer