Lupus Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26
Using the Creative Arts to Cope with Lupus
Expressing yourself through the arts gives you the opportunity to tell your story and to express the complex feelings related to living with lupus.
Lupus Most Often Affects Minorties and Women
While lupus affects men and women of all ages, the disease tends to affect women far more often then men and minorities more often that whites.
Acupuncture Treatment for Lupus
One method of lupus treatment may work for one individual, yet have little affect on another. Thus, it is common for someone suffering from lupus to explore various ways to treat the symptoms of the disease, notably pain caused by inflammation, a hallmark of the disease. Some methods, such as acupuncture, are complementary and alternative medicines. Acupuncture therapy is a time-honored method of pain and stress relief.
Physical Therapy and Lupus - Help for Joint Pain and Arthritis
Work with a physical therapist to reduce lupus pain, inflammation and stiffness. Physical therapists also guide lupus patients on aerobic exercise.
Definition of Antigen and Its Meaning in Lupus
Understand what an antigen is in the immune system, and how this relates to lupus, including information about auto-antigens and autoantibodies.
Blood Donation and Lupus
Donating blood for those with lupus is not necessarily an automatic ‘no.’ A review of blood donation guidelines and a talk with the doctor could reveal that a person with lupus is eligible to donate.
Lupus Age of Onset: Late-Onset Lupus
The age of onset for lupus is typically between 15 and 40 years old, but up to 25 percent of people diagnosed with the disease have late-onset lupus.
Prasterone and Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
Prasterone is a synthetic version of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), an endogenous hormone, which means it is a hormone produced by the human body. Evidence supports the claim that DHEA helps those with systemic lupus erythematosus since studies have shown that hormonal influence may play a role in the development and progression of SLE.
Nervous System Conditions Related to Lupus
In this overview, we focus mainly on the central nervous system and nervous system conditions related to Lupus.
What Is Steriod-Induced Diabetes?
Steroid-induced diabetes in lupus patients can be the result of long-term corticosteriods, which are often used as a treatment option for patients with lupus because these medications reduce inflammation and affect the immune system. Steroid-induced diabetes is a condition related to lupus.
Lupus and Pleurisy, Conditions Related to Lupus
Cardiopulmonary complications from SLE, those affecting the lungs specifically, are common in lupus patients. Often, lupus can trigger inflammation of the lining surrounding the lungs, the pleura, causing pain when breathing or coughing. This condition is called pleurisy or pleuritis. Learn more about it here.
Lupus Myocarditis & Other Related Conditions
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is truly a disease of symptoms. Lupus can trigger inflammation of the heart muscle, called myocarditis.
The Most Important Tool for Managing Lupus
Because getting medical care for lupus is so important, here are tips for finding a lupus doctor and getting the medical care needed.
Coping with Lupus Fog
Lupus fog can be scary! While there is no medical treatment for lupus fog, there are some practical steps you can take to help manage the symptoms.
A New View of Self-Care
With lupus, defining self-care on your own terms might help take off some of the pressure associated with what you keep hearing you should be doing.
Lupus Symptoms - Photosensitivity – Skin Care
People with systemic lupus erythematosus, or more commonly lupus, often discover that they are also highly photosensitive, or sensitive to sunlight.
Hurtful Things People Say to Those With Lupus
#ShitAbledPeopleSay is a Twitter hashtag that's helps educate about how to better treat people with disabilities and illnesses, including lupus
What Is Acute Cutaneous Lupus?
Skin conditions are a common experience lupus. These abnormal skin areas are referred to as skin – or cutaneous – disease.
Foods to Include and Avoid on a Lupus Diet
One common misconception is that there are good foods and bad foods for lupus patients. The truth is that there are only bad diets.
What Kind of Doctor Treats Lupus?
Lupus is treated by rheumatologists, doctors that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and autoimmune conditions.
Taking Care of Lupus Caregivers
Lupus caregivers provide a lot of support, but they need support, too.
Explaining Lupus to Friends and Family
When loved ones don't understand lupus, interacting with them can be difficult. Helping them understand could help your relationship with them.
Antibodies and How They Contribute to Lupus
Antibodies are proteins produced by the body's immune system that detects and destroy invaders. Sometimes they can cause autoimmune diseases like lupus.
The Link Between Lupus and Depression
If you have lupus, you might be depressed. What causes that depression -- lupus itself or the challenges lupus brings? Learn what to do about it.
What Does an Occupational Therapist do?
Occupational therapists have one primary goal: help their patients create and maintain independent, productive and satisfying lives.
Managing Lupus Flares (Signs, Symptoms, Treatment)
Lupus patients often suffer unpredictable bouts of the disease, followed by periods of remission. What causes a flare is unpredictable.
How You and Your Doctor Can Look For A Lupus Diagnosis
Since diagnosing lupus can be a difficult task, even for healthcare professionals, it is important to know when typical signs and symptoms add up and point toward lupus as the cause. Here you’ll find the usual suspects when it comes to symptoms – and questions to ask yourself to help determine if you could be a lupus candidate.
With Lupus, Accurate Health Information Is a Must
Health information plays a big role in the lupus community. There are pros and cons to obtaining health information online.
How to Find Accurate Information About Lupus
With lupus, it's important to know what information is reliable, and when it's misleading or inaccurate, especially information found on the Internet.
Famous People With Lupus - Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
Lupus is a disease that doesn't discriminate, even against celebrities. One of those celebrities with lupus is ANTM finalist Mercedes Scelba Shorte.
Lupus and Pregnancy: Questions and Concerns
If you've been recently diagnosed with lupus, you may wonder if you can become pregnant and have a healthy baby. The short answer? Yes.
Famous People With Lupus Disease
Lupus is a disease that doesn't discriminate, even against celebrity. These celebrities with lupus have made their battle with the rare disease public.
What Is Lupus Anticoagulant?
Lupus anticoagulant is a antiphospholipid antibody found in many lupus patients. Lupus anticoagulant increases the ability of the blood to clot.
Prednisone Side Effects and Use
Prednisone is one of the more effective medicinal treatments for people who suffer from lupus. Learn more about the drug, what it does, its side effects and how it is used.
Living with Lupus Diagnosis and Initial Strategies
Living with lupus for those who have been newly diagnosed can be difficult. They may find themselves confused as to what their next steps should be.
Lupus Flare Prevention Tips
No one can say for certain that there's any way to prevent a lupus flare, but there are a number of healthy habits that can help patients.
Hair Loss and Lupus, Alopecia Symptoms and Facts
Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss, and nearly 45 percent of people with lupus will experience some form of alopecia.
The Connection Between Lupus and Vasculitis
Vasculitis, or inflammation of the blood vessels, is a common condition that can occur in people with lupus. It commonly occurs when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks blood vessels. This can be a dangerous condition, since an inflamed blood vessel can become narrow, restricting blood flow.
Examining the Immonsuppressant CellCept for Lupus
CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) is an immunosuppressant often used in patients with lupus nephritis. Learn more about the drug it here.
Lupus Diagnosis Information and Typical Symptoms
Diagnosing lupus can be tricky, as symptoms of the disease can be mild or severe, come in a wide variety, and mimic those of other diseases. But there are telltale signs that a doctor can use when suspecting the disease, and more complex methodologies to determine if a patient has lupus.
Give Yourself This One Holiday Gift
Coping with the holidays and lupus can be hard. When we don't meet our goals and expectations, we might feel disappointed in and upset with ourselves.
What Causes Lupus?
One of the first questions a newly diagnosed lupus patient often has centers around what may have caused them to get the disease. But even doctors and researchers are not sure what causes lupus. What they do know is that it is an autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system malfunctions and causes the body to attack its own tissues.
Medications and Complimentary Therapies for Lupus
Getting treated for lupus includes methods. Since there is no cure for lupus, most treatments focus on the symptoms.
What Is Lupus? Overview, Symptoms & Risk Factors
What is lupus? It is an autoimmune disease, one that takes on several forms and can affect any part of the body. Learn about symptoms and treatment.
How Lupus Affects Men Differently Than Women
Though systemic lupus erythematosus is often thought of as a women's health issue, the truth is men get lupus too. And while the prevalence of lupus in women is great, men shouldn't discount both the potential of getting lupus and the seriousness with which the disease presents.
Lupus Lab Tests and Diagnostic Procedure
Testing for lupus, or more formally systemic lupus erythematosus, is often done through a series of laboratory tests, or screening tests, that help a doctor begin to formulate a diagnosis.
Do Silicone Breast Implants Cause Lupus?
The Institute of Medicine says there's no clear association between silicone breast implants and connective tissue diseases, including lupus.
When Lupus Only Affects the Skin
Discoid lupus erythematosus is a form of lupus that mainly affects the skin. Learn about treatment options for this autoimmune skin condition.
Alternative Pain Management Techniques for Lupus
If you're looking for new approaches to manage your lupus pain, you might want to try these four complementary and alternative medicine techniques.
Tips for Communicating With Your Lupus Doctor
When you have lupus, your rheumatologist is one of the most important people in your life. Good communication with your doctor is a must.
Childhood Lupus - Symptoms, Treatment, How to Cope
Childhood lupus is not much different than lupus in adults, but knowing the differences will allow kids with lupus to live regular, happy lives.
Lupus Medications – Azathioprine (Imuran) Description & Adverse Effects
Learn more about azathioprine, an immunosuppressant used to combat systemic lupus erythematosus, that goes by the brand names Azasan and Imuran.
How a Rheumatologist Can Help With Lupus
A rheumatologist is a specialist physician who treats diseases of the joints, muscles and bones, including a number of autoimmune diseases like lupus.
Lupus – Lupus and Flares
Here are some simple steps you can take to help ensure you’re in the best health and ready to take on a lupus flare when it occurs:
Types of Lupus
Lupus is is an autoimmune disease. Different types of lupus can affect any part of the body, but lupus most commonly attacks the skin, joints, the heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain.
Men Develop Lupus, Too
Since lupus is often referred to as a women's disease, men with lupus face challenges that lead to feelings of exclusion from the lupus community.
What Are the Common Signs and Symptoms of Lupus?
Lupus is a mysterious disease, one with a multitude of smaller signs and symptoms that are often overlooked or misinterpreted leading to misdiagnosis.
A True-Life Lupus Diagnosis Story
Here, the true lupus diagnosis story of a woman with lupus who was diagnosed after recurring bouts of pleurisy, lung effusion and congestive heart failure.
Lupus Support–True Story of a Woman with Lupus
One of the first steps in dealing with a lupus diagnosis is coming to understand that you’re not alone. Here, the true story of a woman with lupus who was diagnosed after recurring bouts of pleurisy, lung effusion and congestive heart failure, and how her family and friends help her cope. Page 2.
When to Call the Doctor if You Have Lupus
To better understand when to call the physician if you suspect you might have lupus, consider a few important points.
Lupus Diagnosis: Anti-Nuclear Antibody (ANA) Test
One of the most common tests used by physicians to help diagnose lupus is the anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) blood test.
Autoantibody Blood Tests for Lupus Diagnosis
Lupus is a tricky disease to diagnosis because its signs and symptoms mimic those of so many other diseases. Learn about autoantibody blood tests for lupus diagnosis.
A Quick History of Lupus and Its Implications for You
We have known about lupus for hundreds of years. Here is a quick look at the history of lupus and what it means to you as well as lupus itself.
A Look at Pancreatitis in People With Lupus
Lupus can affect many major organ systems in the body, including the pancreas. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, it is called pancreatitis.
Lupus FAQs – Lupus and Pregnancy – Can I Have a Baby?
I have lupus and I want to have a baby. Can I become pregnant? What are the complications? And what should I look out for?
Lupus vs MS: What's the Difference?
Sometimes people with lupus are misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Learn the similarities and differences between these two autoimmune disorders.
Does Lupus Cause Miscarriages?
About 10 to 20 percent of lupus pregnancies end in unexpected miscarriages or stillbirths, but women with lupus can have normal, healthy pregnancies.
The Difference Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus
What’s the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and lupus? Why are they considered so similar by so many people? The answer lies here.
Is Lupus a Contagious or Catchy Type of Disease?
Is lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) contagious? Can I get it from someone who has lupus? Or, if I have lupus, can I give it to someone?
What a Complete Blood Count Can Tell You About Lupus
A complete blood count or CBC is one of several diagnostic tools available to your physician to help them make a lupus diagnosis. Learn more about CBCs.
Lupus and the Flu Shot - Is It Safe?
Advice for lupus patients from the Lupus Foundation of America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the flu shot and the flu.
Learn More About Subacute Cutaneous Lupus
Subacute cutaneous lupus is one of three types of cutaneous lupus and mostly affects the skin, resulting in reddish-purple plaques or skin lesions.
How to Find Support for Coping with Lupus
Getting support for coping with lupus is important. Here are tips for finding a support.
How Lupus Affects the Skin
kin conditions are a known part of what a person with lupus must regularly deal with. Learn more about the three types of lupus that affect the skin.
Can You Die From Lupus?
A lupus diagnosis does not have to mean an early death. Today, most people with lupus live a normal lifespan. Learn the biggest mortality risk factor.
What You Need to Know About Lupus and Joint Pain
Joint and muscle pain are common symptoms of lupus. Learn more about diagnosing arthritis related to lupus and how you can ease your pain.
Lupus Can Attack the Heart Causing Pericarditis
Lupus is a systemic disease that can affect many organs, including the heart. Here's a look at lupus pericarditis from diagnosis to treatment.
Symptoms of Lupus Nephritis - When Lupus Affects the Kidneys
If you've been diagnosed with lupus, you'll want to learn the symptoms of a form of the disease called lupus nephritis that affects the kidneys.
What is Plaquenil? What is Hydroxychloroquine?
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is an anti-malarial drug that can be used to help lupus patients, primarily those with discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus. Doctors may prescribe it alone or in conjunction with other medications.
Lupus and Aging - What You Need to Know
Five facts about lupus and aging. Getting older can affect your lupus. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) affects the aging process and vice versa.
Financial Help Is Available for People With Lupus
Medical costs associated with lupus are high. If you need financial assistance or help with lupus, here are resources to help you pay the bills.
How to Manage Lupus Fatigue When You Have Things to Do
You have things that must get done, but you have lupus and are particularly fatigued today. What do you do in such a situation?
Tips for Managing Holiday Stress
If you have lupus, it's important to manage holiday-related stress levels. Doing so could keep a flare away.
The Risks and Symptoms of Neonatal Lupus
A rare and temporary form of lupus that affects newborns: Neonatal lupus occurs when antibodies of the mother are passed on to the child in utero.
Statistics, Facts and Figures Regarding Lupus
Some key statistics, facts and figures regarding lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans.
Drug-Induced Lupus - When Medications Cause Lupus Symptoms
Drug-induced lupus is a rare adverse reaction to medications that mimics the symptoms of the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus.
Coping with Holiday Drama
Holidays with lupus can be a challenge. Learn strategies to make it easier to cope with demanding behavior or conflicts during holidays.
Cytoxan and Lupus - A Drug With Serious Side Effects
Learn about Cytoxan, an immunosuppressant drug that's used to put severe lupus into remission. Includes drug information and side effects.
Does ANA-Negative Lupus Exist? Learn More ...
ANA-negative lupus happens when the antinuclear antibody test comes back negative, but the person exhibits signs and symptoms consistent with lupus.
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About Lupus – Lupus Flares – Preventing Lupus Flares
Patients with lupus, a chronic disease with no cure, often suffer unpredictable bouts of the disease, called flares, followed by periods of remission. Some simple steps, along with help from your doctor, can help you recognize the signals of a flare and work toward preventing them from occurring.
About Lupus - Lupus Malar Rash
One of the tell-tale signs of having lupus is the way it may present itself physically -- specifically on the skin. See how characteristics of lupus manifest themselves visually in this series of photo galleries, featuring lupus patients.