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What Things Can Make Lupus Worse
Ultraviolet!: It is not sunlight per se, but the ultraviolet rays in sunlight. They penetrate the skin and alter dna in white cells in small blood vessels causing a flare, usually cutaneous. Patients should always wear suntan lotion, uv-30 or better and never use tanning beds! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some are worse: The most severe case of lupus is systemic lupus which can affect many organs and usually requires agressive or some form of treatment. There is discoid lupus which can occur by itself and is manifested by skin lesions. Drug induced lupus is lupus symptoms caused by certain prescription drugs. There is another form called subacute lupus which has skin and some systemic problems but is less severe. ...Read more
Diagnosed with Lupus 4yrs ago I've seen a specialist &the medication has not been working getting worse. What other disease or disorder could it be?
Many. : Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease. There are several different types of Lupus and they usually cause many symptoms that other diseases have (nonspecific). When a patient is suspected of having Lupus or an autoimmune condition, they get special labs and they usually see a rheumatologist. medications can stop working and there are other medications that could improve your symptoms. ...Read more
After I have an intense workout, my face is very red, worse than others'. It stays for 1-2 hrs. My nasalabial folds are spared. Could be lupus related?
Neither: Both lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are serious autoimmune illnesses that can range from mild to severe. They can effect other organs in the body, not just the joints. The long term complications of these illnesses can be minimized by seeking care from an experienced rheumatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Many times Lupus activity, would be gauged by patient complaints, physical exam findings, and labs. I would need to know what area of the body you are getting the MRI of? MRI has certain roles in lupus such as those with possible brain, abdomen, or lung involvement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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