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What Things Can Make Lupus Worse
More causes: In addition to the exacerbating factors already mentioned: in some women, the menstrual period; Aspirin and NSAID in up to 20% of adults; acid reflux from the stomach. In some patients, sulfites, present in red wine, packages of dried fruit and in salads and restaurants. Poorly controlled allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, exposure to pets, cigarette and marijuana smoke are major problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Can scabies infection make you feel run down and anxious? What other physical symptoms could it present?
Just itching: Mostly, scabies just itches. A lot. Any affliction can make you anxious if you worry/obsess about it, but a scabies infestation (yes, it's an infestation, not an infection) gets no deeper than the upper layers of skin, and cannot by itself cause systemic symptoms such as anxiety or malaise. ...Read more
Fatigue,stress,infxn: There are several possible causes of flares include stress, fatigue & overexertion which can trigger RA inflammatn as well as possibly food allergies vs. a chemical sensitivity.RA meds suppress the immune system,which means a higher risk for infections.Thus even the common cold or flu may trigger a flare of RA.Thus learn to recognize your triggers, get rest,work w/MD & decrease stress w/meditaiotn ...Read more
Quite a few: Poor nutrition, stress, lack of exercise, poor sleep can weaken the immune system. Old age is another factor. Diseases, such as diabetes and kidney failure, severe burns markedly weaken it. Medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs (cortisone-like) and medications used to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases are potent immune suppressants. ...Read more
Migraine diagnosis: Migraines are a specific type of headache which can be associated with some unusual and sometimes frightening symptoms. Neurologists are the specialists that are experts in headaches, but many family doctors and internist have a lot of experience in diagnosing migraines. For more information about migraines see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been diagnosed with stage 3 sarcoidosis, what does that mean? Do certain things make the condition worse? If so what?
Absolutely: Yes, one can have what are known as "exacerbations, " when the symptoms of asthma get worse. These are often triggered by exposure to smoke (e.G, cigarettes, wood smoke, etc.), molds, environmental allergens (e.g., pollen) or simply by exercising and increasing the workload on the lungs. ...Read more
Will being bulimic make my multiple sclerosis symptoms worse? Will it make it progress any faster?
Will have no effect: Bulimia is not a direct issue, but, complications of dietary situations can temporarily make things seem worse. A fever could cause a "pseudo-relapse", temporary but still troublesome. On the other hand, if you follow a low fat diet in spite of your issues, this would be somewhat beneficial in the end. Your bulimia could compromise oral meds, so discuss with your neurologist. ...Read more
Can you tell me about chronic fatigue syndrum how exactly does it make you feel and what kind of treatment?
Chronic fatigue syn: Chronic fatigue syndrome causes you to be tired pretty much all the time. You wake up tired and get more tired as the day goes on. There are several potential causes, including low cortisol, low DHEA, suboptimal thyroid function, nutritional deficiencies, and sometimes chronic viral infections. ...Read more
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