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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 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

Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Dermatomyositis (Definition)

A very broad term generally encompassing otherwise uncharacterized general malaise, soreness, and fatigue.. A variety of causes has been implicated over the years: viral, autoimmune, ...Read more


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What is the strongest systemic antifungal?

What is the strongest systemic antifungal?

Amphotericin B: Different antifungals are used for different fungal infections. The more potent may cause the worse side-effects. So for antifungals more potent is not necessarily better. Simple antifungals for simple infections, stronger and potentially more dangerous antifungals for life threatening infections. ...Read more

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What is trigger systemic lupus erythematosus in antiquity?

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 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

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What is the difference between drug-induced lupus & systemic lupus? 

Very different : There are differences - especially less kidney involvement, different serology to name some things . It mostly resolves after stopping the drug involved. ...Read more

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Which muscle relaxer works best for rheumatoid arthritis?

Which muscle relaxer works best for rheumatoid arthritis?

Hum: In rheumatoid arthritis you might have for other reason inflammation , but muscle contraction is really not a feature of rheumatoid arthritis , flexure contracture might occurs , that are reducciton on the lengh of the tendons with dys functionallity those have to be evaluated and specific therapy instituted. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis suffer of fybromyalgia, and have contractures. ...Read more

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What are the differences between lichen planus (lpp)& lupus erythematosus (le)?

What are the differences between lichen planus (lpp)& lupus erythematosus (le)?

Skin vs systemic: Lichen plan us is a skin and mucous membrane (mouth) disease. There are several forms of lupus. Some forms affect only the skin and can even look like lichen planus skin changes. The main firm (SLE) is a systemic total body, autoimmune disease not limited to the skin and mouth. Lupus Erythematosis is also associated with lab abnormalities not present in lichen planus ...Read more

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Which percentage of diagnosed lupus cases are sle, systemic lupus erythmatosus?

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 more

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How effective is clobetasol (Clobex) for treating sarcoidosis?

How effective is clobetasol (Clobex) for treating sarcoidosis?

Here are some...: Clobex contains potent steroid for easing itch from psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, not for sarcoidosis as I have known of. So, Ask your doc for detail and clarification or to http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-76705-548/clobex-topical/clobetasolspray-topical/details. Best wish... ...Read more

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What are dermatomyositis, polymyositis and inclusion body myositis?

What are dermatomyositis, polymyositis and inclusion body myositis?

Separate myosotis : Each is a specific type of inflammatory muscle disease. We call this myositis because the muscles can show information. When you have this you need an extensive evaluation looking for other associated issues. Therapy will be different for each of these. ...Read more

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What makes systemic scleroderma flare?

What makes systemic scleroderma flare?

Stress: There are no specific triggers to avoid if you have the condition. However, internal or external stress often precede a flare of scleroderma. ...Read more

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Which unprescripted medicine ismost effective for ankylosing spondylitis?

Which unprescripted medicine ismost effective for ankylosing spondylitis?

None: Over the counter meds are generally ineffective but you can try aleve (naproxen) or advil. Unfortunately, these do not prevent progression of the disease. See a rheumatologist for proper treatment. ...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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What supplements are good for psoriatic arthritis beyond prescription of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

What supplements are good for psoriatic arthritis beyond prescription of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Anti inflammatory: There are numerous supplements that can have beneficial, antiinflammatory properties. Omega3is just one example. Rather than a specific supplement, though, I am a fan of the whole food, antiinflammatory diets. The results for many health conditions are well documented and can be pretty amazing. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Which disease usually has the best prognosis: 1. SLE, 2. Rheumatoid arthritis, 3. Psoriasis or 4. Psoriatic Arthritis?

Which disease usually has the best prognosis: 1. SLE, 2. Rheumatoid arthritis, 3. Psoriasis or 4. Psoriatic Arthritis?

Impossible to say: It depends on the severity of each disease. Psoriatic would be considered the most benign. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?

SLE treatment: Systemic lupus erythematosus (sle) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that may affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. There is no cure for sle. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms. ...Read more

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Why isn't fibromyalgia classified as an autoimmune disorder but mimics one?

Why isn't fibromyalgia classified as an autoimmune disorder but mimics one?

Test results: To classify a condition as being immunologically- mediated, lab evidence is usually required. Even if fibromyalgia were from an autoimmune disorder, we cannot classify it as such until such evidence emerges. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between lichen planus (lpp)& lupus erythematosus (le)?

Please help! what is the difference between lichen planus (lpp)& lupus erythematosus (le)?

Difference: Lp no cure, cause unknown, not understood well by medicine. Le is an autoimmune disease, no cure, treatment is to treat the symptoms with drug therapy. Please consult your md. ...Read more