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Lupus
Lupus

Lupus is a shortened name for the disease "Systemic Lupus Erythematosus" (SLE). Lupus is an autoimmune disease with many variations and affectes multiple areas of the body. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body's natural immune system which fights infections to bacteria, viruses, and pathogens, begins to attack itself. The body "thinks" of itself as a harmful agent. Although lupus can affect any organ in the body the disease most commonly affects the skin, kidneys, joints, and the heart. One in ever 2,500 people may develop lupus and females, especially those who are pregnant, tend to be more affected than males. Blacks are the highest risk population. The most noted sign of lupus is a butterfly shaped skin rash that can accompany mouth and vaginal ulcers. Many patients also report joint pain or extreme tiredness resulting from anemia (low number of blood cells). As a result of the body's natural defenses attacking itself, the symptoms are caused by increased levels of inflammation.

Common Causes for Lupus

Extreme levels of stress, hormones, or sunlight can cause the resting disease to flare. Also, certain drugs may cause adverse reactions in patients with a long term treated illness and promote the development of lupus. These patients commonly have a hyper-active immune system as a result of other illnesses. White blood cells may also possess genetic problems that contribute to autoimmune disfunction.

Lupus Diagnosis

Although an extremely difficult disease to diagnose, lupus appears to have a genetic link and analysis of a family lineage and history may reveal past relatives with the disease. Besides for taking a detailed patient history and observing common physical signs such as the butterfly rash, biochemical testing is required. Doctors commonly perform a "antinulcear antibody" or an "antiphospholipid antibody" test to determine if the body exhibits the autoimmune disease characteristics of lupus.

Lupus Treatment

Unfortunately lupus is a lifetime (chronic) disease without a known cure. However, there are ways to treat the flare-ups and symptoms. To prevent the widespread inflammation of lupus, patients commonly receive steroid treatment or drugs that suppress the immune system from reacting with itself. Pain relievers for the arthritis commonly caused by lupus, allow for most patients to continue performing all of their daily activities. Also, non-steroids such as advil and motrin help relieve fevers associated with outbreaks.

Lupus Management

Since stress can promote outbreaks, people are encouraged to involve friends and family in the treatment of the disease. A good support structure helps with managing doctor's visits and outbreaks. Also, avoiding intense sunlight and weight loss can decrease the frequency of lupus inflammations.

Lupus Prevention

Since lupus is an extremely complicated disease, doctors do not know how to prevent development. Many genetic factors are involved and the best way to avoid outbreaks is to maximize personal health and consult with a doctor.

Systematic Lupus
Systematic Lupus

Lupus Support Groups

Since lupus is a chronic disease affecting many people, the Lupus Foundation of America (www.lupus.org) has established local chapters across the United States. These organizations provide support for everyone living with lupus. Any local doctor will know the contact information of the nearest group.

Lupus Erythematosus
American Lupus Society
260 Maple Ct, Suite 123
Ventura, CA 93003
Tel: 800-331-1802 (Info Line); 805-339-0443; 805-339-0467 (FAX)

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
4 Research Place, Suite 180
Rockville, MD 20850-3226
Tel: 301-670-9292
Tel: 800-558-0121
www.lupus.org

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It's great that you're using electronic means to capture patient information. Everyone is very friendly and competent and the doctor was wonderful to talk to.

#12017-10-13

I was particularly impressed with the doctor and her exam...more thorough than I had previously experienced elsewhere.

#22017-10-22

No wait time, very efficient and easy to get in/out during work day.

#32011-09-27 12:59:17

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#42018-04-21

Receptionist friendly and helpful and cheerful {shawna}. Emily was very friendly and professional and cheerful and puts patient at ease. Dr. was very thorough and explained everthing on patients level and also cheerful. I will definately reccomend to friends!

#52012-12-10 09:51:20

The waiting room was very pretty

#62018-02-14

Everyone is so warm and welcoming! great ambience, great music The lovely doctor is perfect- highly skilled, warm and a great mother!

#72017-10-01

I am extremely impressed. Felt comfortable and confident in the doctor's treatments. the staff was very professional yet kind and very helpful. The doctor's knowledge of medical condition

#82018-03-18

Mainly speaking with the Dr and being explained everything.

#92018-06-15

I liked all rthe art work that was hanging up in the hallways. I also liked how friendly everyone was. It seemed as though they all wanted to be here. Some times at otjher places the people at the counter can be disrespectful. Not here. The or was very caring and explained the treatment in terms that we could understand.

#102017-08-13

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I wish the aesthetician was available earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon to accomodate working women.

#12018-01-22

Can't think of a thing

#22017-08-17

May be by considering the comfort of the patients by allowing a grace period of atleast10-15mins and also by functioning on weekends too

#32018-03-27

I would have liked to pay in cash but the receptionist had no change.

#42017-12-07

Everything was very clean and I cannot think of much you could do better.

#52018-06-04

maybe offering a bit more evaluation of options -that I haven't already thought of or asked about- for skin care and amelioration, as I am not certain what exists

#62018-03-15

Have the patient internet working

#72011-09-08 11:08:45

Keep doing the same thing.

#82018-06-30

I have zero complaints--top notch service from booking of appointment to treatment to checkout.

#92011-07-26 14:19:25

Information for patients to take on latest findings/research in the field

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