Lupus is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation throughout the body. It affects different organs and systems and may attack your:
Lupus symptoms mimic other disorders, but some cases are diagnosable due to a distinctive facial rash that forms over both cheeks and resembles butterfly wings. Although many people with lupus develop this rash, not all do.
Other signs of lupus include sun sensitivity, which can cause skin lesions. You may experience Raynaud’s phenomenon, where your fingers and toes look blue or white, especially when cold or stressed. You may also have shortness of breath, chest pain, or dry eyes.
Lupus also impacts cognition and may cause headaches, confusion, and memory loss.
You may experience the symptoms of lupus all the time, they may come and go, or you may have flare-ups where side effects worsen.
Although the underlying causes of lupus are unknown, it’s believed to be related to hormones, genetics, and the environment. Infections, certain medications, or sunlight sometimes trigger the disease.
Women and people age 15-45 are more likely to develop lupus.
Lupus is a chronic disease and doesn’t have a cure. Dr. Souidi can treat and manage your lupus symptoms through a variety of methods. Because the signs and symptoms of lupus change over time, he may adjust your medications and treatments as necessary.
Common lupus treatments include:
Dr. Souidi recommends a variety of lifestyle changes and self-management techniques to help with lupus. Recognizing and avoiding triggers is important to reduce symptoms. If you have photosensitivity, wear wide-brim hats, long sleeve shirts, and sunscreen to protect you from the sun’s rays.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet improve your health, reduce pain, and lower your risk for other conditions such as heart disease and osteoporosis that can sometimes accompany lupus.
Dr. Souidi may also suggest taking a calcium and vitamin D supplement.
If you think you may have lupus or struggle to control your symptoms, seek the help of a board-certified physician: Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Souidi or book it online today.