Lupus is a condition that no one loves to hear about. The condition is a joint, organ and systems disorder that can cause pain and inflammation. There are many different forms, causes, and treatments of Lupus symptoms in women. The following article will give you tips to help you identify your Lupus and treat it.

Exercise

Exercise is one of the best medicines for Lupus. It is a great help in reducing pain and stiffness in your joints. It will increase your flexibility and the strength of your muscles that will help your body avoid further injury. Make sure to make time every day for exercise and you will see the benefits.

When suffering from severe Lupus symptoms in women, try looking into getting some physical therapy. If your doctor can prescribe it, it is possible that it will be covered by your health insurance. Although it is typically a short-term option, physical therapy can help you gain enough strength and movement to begin a proper exercise program.

If you suffer from Lupus and you are going to exercise, be sure that you spend enough time stretching before you begin your workout routine. By jumping right into exercising, you are not giving your joints the stretching that they need so that they do not flare up and cause pain.

Exercising regularly will do wonders for your energy levels when you are dealing with Lupus. Try to aim for 15 to 30 minutes of exercise a day to give you more energy and keep your body healthy and your bones strong. Make sure to not overdo it and end up tiring yourself out.

Lupus And Relaxation

Use gardening as an effective therapy against Lupus. There are so many studies out there about Lupus, natural therapies, and one of the top therapies identified is gardening. Simply planting a small garden in your backyard or gardening with some friends can be such a great help in relaxation and relief of your pain.

As with any disease, your mind plays a significant role in how you respond to the symptoms associated with Lupus symptoms in women. One mindset that can help with Lupus is to think of the pain associated with this disease as a signal to take positive action. This is a better response than concluding that the pain signals unending trouble with that joint. One pro-active step you can take is to practice relaxation. Relaxation can instil in you a sense of control plus a feeling of well being which can make Lupus pain management somewhat easier. Other positive actions include getting gentle exercise, taking supplements such as fish oils, and so on.

Try some new age therapies to help deal with your Lupus. The new age mind-body approach to making you feel better includes, breathing exercises, guided relaxation, biofeedback, and meditation. All of which will help focus your mind in ways that may help you cope with Lupus symptoms and improve flexibility and strength.

As stated before in the article above, no one loves Lupus Symptoms In Women. It can be caused by many different things and have many different forms, resulting in many possible treatments. The tips from the article above will allow you to identify and treat Lupus and help to eliminate the pain.

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31 thoughts on “Lupus Flare Up Symptoms Signs

  1. xenabear80022

    I have a constant Sore throat and Cough that has lasted a long time?
    I was sick 3 weeks ago with a sore throat and cough. but I still have the the same problems. What can it be?

    1. Smart Nurse

      I am sure the source links will be very helpful to you.

      Make the connection!

      Being a nurse with over 25 years experience, I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses. Many illness are caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC’s in homes, schools and workplace. This is a growing problem and many people are not even aware that it exists as more and more chemicals are being introduced and used on a daily basis. Many people believe that because something smells good and it is on a store shelf that it is tested, approved and safe for use.
      Think again !

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Sinusitis, Migraines, Chronic Sinus Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MCS and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one has symptoms of or suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of all evil when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your lungs will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don’t they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then … well… then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO’s —- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets – these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze – your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins – VERY toxic
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines – The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)
      New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.
      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is “Fragrance Free” these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances.

      More and more workplaces & schools are implementing Fragrance Free policies and creating “Fragrance Free Zones”… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

  2. Janice

    What Are My Chances Of Getting Lupus?
    Both my mother and grandmother have it.

    In a couple weeks I’m going to get a blood test to see whether or not I have it.

    so just because my grandmother passed it down to my mother does it mean lupus will get passed down to me?

    1. mgunnycappo

      Lupus is believed to be both genetic and environmental. That is to say you have a particular gene or are a carrier and that something in the environment, ie stress, illness, etc. causes it to flare. So you do have a slightly higher chance of having Lupus because both your mother and grandmother had it. Do you have an symptoms or signs of Lupus?

  3. lala

    Is anyone allergic to midnite pomogranted body spray?
    I’ve been using the midnite pomogranted body spray and it makes me break out in to hives, i just want to know is this (midnite pomogranted)body spray is effecting anyone else.

    1. Smart Nurse

      Long — BUT well worth the reading.

      Make the connection!

      Make sure that you click on the link in the Resource box below.

      I am a nurse with over 25 years experience in this area and I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC’s in their homes, schools and workplace. This problem is growing as more and more chemicals are being introduced into the market and used on a daily basis.

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Migraines, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MCS (do a websearch for MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of all evil when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your lungs will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don’t they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then … well… then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO’s —- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets – these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze – your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins – VERY toxic
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines – The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)
      New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.

      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is “Fragrance Free” these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances. Look on MCS sites if you need help finding them.

      More and more workplaces & schools are creating “Fragrance Free Zones”… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

      Click the link in the resource box below for more information about how fragrances make us sick.

  4. tor

    Is there a diet for those with Lupus?
    I want to know if there are any diets to followto relieve the symtoms of lupus. I heard that citrus aggreivates the joints, which sucks cause I love oranges and lemons. Althafa sprouts are not good either. Anyone have idea where to find a hit list of things I should limit or not eat?
    Are there certain things I should avoid?

    1. kimchungtran

      Dear Asker!

      Here is a good Diet and Lifestyle changes for patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

      The following are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet:

      * Eat a diet low in saturated fats. Not all fats are unhealthy. Some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids, which are fat compounds found in fish oil, black currant or primrose seed oils, and flax seed, have anti-inflammatory and nerve protecting actions.

      Omega-3 fatty acids are essential acids. Medical research suggests they may have anti-inflammatory properties.

      * Choose whole grains and fresh vegetables and fruits. According to some studies, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower homocysteine levels, which are elevated in patients with SLE and may be a risk factor for heart disease. Researchers are also investigating compounds called indoles, also known as mustard oil, which are found in broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, collard and mustard greens, rutabaga, turnips, and bok choy. Indoles stimulate enzymes that convert estrogen to a more benign type. Eating vegetables certainly will not cure SLE, but they offer many general health benefits.

      * Get most proteins from vegetables, particularly soy.
      * Avoiding dairy and meat products may help protect the kidneys.
      * Take extra calcium and vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis (this is particularly useful for patients taking corticosteroids).
      * Supplements of vitamins B12, B6, and folate may be necessary, especially in people whose blood tests show high levels of homocysteine.
      * Exercise is safe, but patients should not expect it to improve symptoms, including joint aches and fatigue.
      * Restrict salt (particularly for patients with signs of high blood pressure and kidney disease).

      Of possible interest to patients with SLE is a 2002 report that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (also an inflammatory autoimmune condition) experienced improvement when they went on the Mediterranean diet, which stresses fish (which contains anti-inflammatory factors), olive oil, garlic, whole grains, nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables. In any case, such a diet is heart-healthy, which is important for patients with SLE

      Prevention Against Infections

      Patients should minimize their exposure to crowds or people with contagious illnesses. Careful hygiene, including dental hygiene, is also important.

      Avoiding SLE Triggers

      Simple preventive measures include avoiding overexposure to ultraviolet rays and wearing protective clothing and sunblocks. There is some concern that allergy shots may cause flare ups in certain cases. Patients who may benefit from them should discuss risks and benefits with an SLE specialist. In general, patients with SLE should use only hypoallergenic cosmetics or hair products.

      Reducing Stress

      Chronic stress has profound physical effects and influences the progression of SLE. According to one study, patients with SLE differ from healthy individuals in their immune responses to stress, and psychological stress can induce flare-ups in patients with SLE. Patients should try to avoid undue emotional or physical stress. Getting adequate rest of at least 8 hours and possibly napping during the day may be helpful. Maintaining social relationships and healthy activities may also help prevent the depression and anxiety associated with the disease.

      Hope that may help you!
      Good luck!

  5. Broken D

    Yesterday my daughter had 27 bruises that popped up out of nowhere.. the doctor says its autoimmune disease?
    Anybody have an experience like this? What are the signs/symptoms? Will this affect her for the rest of her life?

    1. Consider the Lilies

      Hi, I had ITP twice. First in my teens then in my early 20s. Both times the doctors thought it was just a ‘fluke.’ They treated me with steroids (prednisone) and it resolved.

      For me, this was not the end of the story. I went on to have a blood clot in my leg, at which point they found I also have a blood clotting disorder and Lupus (another auto-immune disorder). In fact, the episodes with blood disorders were actually Lupus flare-ups. Your daughter is too young for Lupus, though!

      Hopefully this may be a one time incident for your daughter, but to be on the safe side, she should have her blood work monitored for other auto-immune issues.

      Even with these diagnoses, I have a normal life and rarely any problems.

      You are in my thoughts and prayers as you walk through this with your daughter.

  6. wendy b

    I have been menopasal for 3 years and I still get Migraines, Why?
    I have been menopausal for 3 years and still I get migraines! I read in many articles that when a women reah menopause their migraine decreases , I still get as before Why is that?

  7. hannah_fan75

    What can I do about nightly headaches?
    I have headaches every night and ibuprofen doesn’t usually help. What should I do?
    I’ve only used ibuprofen once, and the headache came back. What do I do?
    is it PMS?

  8. mamacita

    I have a friend who has Lupus, Is their any cure for such disease and what cause it?
    my friend has only learnt about the disease until recent, and we cannot find any help here in my country (Belize) for her.
    She has been swollen from head to toe especially after the birth of her baby.

    1. hello

      First have they checked her for APS? She needs to see a rheumatologist or even a perinatologist as soon as possible. I am worried about her kidneys and clotting. Up to six week post partum Lupus and APS patients are more likely to clot and have problems.

      Although a lupus pregnancy is considered high risk, most women with lupus carry their babies safely to the end of their pregnancy. Women with lupus have a higher rate of miscarriage and premature births compared with the general population. In addition, women who have antiphospholipid antibodies are at a greater risk of miscarriage in the second trimester because of their increased risk of blood clotting in the placenta. Lupus patients with a history of kidney disease have a higher risk of preeclampsia (hypertension with a buildup of excess watery fluid in cells or tissues of the body). Pregnancy counseling and planning before pregnancy are important. Ideally, a woman should have no signs or symptoms of lupus and be taking no medications for at least 6 months before she becomes pregnant.

      Pregnancy counseling and planning before pregnancy are important.

      Some women may experience a mild to moderate flare during or after their pregnancy; others do not. Pregnant women with lupus, especially those taking corticosteroids, also are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), and kidney complications, so regular care and good nutrition during pregnancy are essential. It is also advisable to have access to a neonatal (newborn) intensive care unit at the time of delivery in case the baby requires special medical attention.

  9. JW

    Can yopu please explain to me what i have?
    I cough ocassionally, i feel congested in my throat, and in the middle of my chest. I spit out phlegm every morning it is a light yellow color. I have been to the doctor, done a physical. I check my blood pressure, and temperature regulary and everything is normal. The doctor says it’s allergies, what do you think?

    1. Smart Nurse

      Make the connection!

      Being a nurse with over 25 years experience, I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses. Many illness are caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC’s in homes, schools and workplace. This is a growing problem and many people are not even aware that it exists as more and more chemicals are being introduced and used on a daily basis. Many people believe that because something smells good and it is on a store shelf that it is tested, approved and safe for use.
      Think again !

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Sinusitis, Migraines, Chronic Sinus Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MCS and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one has symptoms of or suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of all evil when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your lungs will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don’t they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then … well… then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO’s —- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets – these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze – your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins – VERY toxic
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines – The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)
      New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.
      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is “Fragrance Free” these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances.

      More and more workplaces & schools are implementing Fragrance Free policies and creating “Fragrance Free Zones”… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

  10. t r e k k e r

    Where are the best places to live if you have severe allergies?
    I live in Tennessee and would consider relocation if it helped better my quality of life.

  11. starrdust2infinity

    Does anyone know of a perfume or colone for woman to wear that has allergies?Looking for something light-?
    Having allergies and asthma, I am looking for light perfumes, soaps, lotions etc that I can wear without getting an asthma attack. Something that is natural and not overwhelming. Is there anything like that out there?

    1. Smart Nurse

      Long but well worth the reading.

      Make the connection!

      I am a nurse with over 25 years experience in this area and I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC’s in their homes, schools and workplace. This problem is growing as more and more chemicals are being introduced into the market and used on a daily basis.

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Migraines, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MCS (do a websearch for MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of all evil when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your lungs will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don’t they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then … well… then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO’s —- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets – these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze – your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins – VERY toxic
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines – The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)
      New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.

      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is “Fragrance Free” these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances. Look on MCS sites if you need help finding them.

      More and more workplaces & schools are creating “Fragrance Free Zones”… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

      Click the link in the resource box below for more information about how fragrances make us sick.

  12. digital3116

    What exactly is Lupus & how many people die annually?
    also how many types of lupus r there & is there is any good websites to research

  13. saigey!

    what are the signs that a person is getting Lupus?
    Like symptoms and stuff. And also what happens and how can you tell and blah blah blah…

    Thanks =]

    1. Linda R

      Lupus is a remitting/flaring disease. That means the symptoms come and go.

      The symptoms of lupus mimic many, many other disorders.

      A diagnosis of lupus is made on the basis of medical history, various lab tests, current symptoms and after ruling out other diseases.

      90-95% of lupus patients will get joint pain and swelling. But so will people with rheumatoid arthritis.

      Most lupus patients will experience waves or periods of extreme fatigue. But so will people with chronic fatigue syndrome or anemia or thyroid disorder.

      Lupus affects very patient differently. There is no cookie cutter set of symptoms.

      It’s not like getting a cold or the flu. And you can’t figure out for yourself if you are “getting” it. Lupus is not contagious and it can develop slowly or have an acute onset.

      Most lupus patients take 3-5 years and 3-4 different doctors before they are diagnosed. If it was clear cut, that would not be the case.

      Read more at the link below.

  14. Purified

    Have you ever had someone walk by you and get an instant headache from their Cologne or perfume?
    I was sitting at my desk when my bosses wife came walking by and I got an instant headache. I had to leave to get some fresh air.

  15. lost Man.

    How to reduce facial redness?
    My cheeks are sort of red but my nose area is constantly red. I can only cover it up with make up or green correcting solutions. I’m not sure if it’s Rosacea or just acne. My acne isn’t that bad..
    I am just tired of having pink/ red skin all the time when I wake up and go back to bed.
    Any solutions?

    1. Lady Rose

      There are several reasons why a person might have facial redness. Here are just a few possibilities:
      – genetics
      – hormones
      – rosacea
      – hyperpyrexia
      – sun sensitivity
      – allergy
      – medication induced
      – lupus

      Whether you have rosacea or not, there’s certainly ways to keep some facial redness under control and less noticeable. It’s up to you how much effort you want to put into caring for your health and your skin.

      – You can try increasing your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you’re not allergic) Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.
      – Fennel seeds, Flax seeds and Flax seed Oil supplements also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      – Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      – Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically.

      There are products you can buy that are specifically made to help reduce facial redness:
      – There is a face cream called ROSACURE which is an anti-redness cream formulated for rosacea-prone skin types.
      – Guinot has a face cream called RED LOGIC which claims to neutralize the appearance of red blood vessels.
      – LaTherapie Paris has a fortifying skin cream that is supposed to help soften high colour (reduce redness)

      I know there are other brands and similar products that might help. What works best for one person, MAY increase flare-ups and visible symptoms for someone else. You need to find the one that works best with your skin and your body chemistry.

      Facial redness can sometimes be a sign of dehydration. Drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. (Alcohol is generally a known trigger for rosacea people)

      Neutrogena makes an excellent moisturizer, simply called “Moisture”. It’s oil-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and they have a type that is specifically made for sensitive skin.

      Here are a few other helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
      – avoid touching your face throughout the day (dirt, oils, & bacteria from your hands can clog the pores)
      – avoid any products with alcohol (internally or externally)
      – only use gentle, fragrance-free, oil-free, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
      – avoid any scented soaps and creams
      – have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
      – try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you’re not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
      – try using face lotion containing certified green algae (use lotions, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
      – try using pure tea tree oil for pimples & blemishes. Apply with a q-tip to each individual pimple or blemish.
      – avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 – 30 spf) Sun can be a trigger for rosacea people.
      – drink green tea, rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
      – eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
      – avoid spicy foods, greasy foods, and foods with a high refined-sugar content
      – find out what your own personal food “triggers” are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate the redness)
      – avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
      – try to get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
      – try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions) Stress is a known trigger for most rosacea people.

      Check out the sites below for the most current, up-to-date information regarding rosacea & facial redness…

  16. **[Witty_Name]**

    What can cause hives on your skin?
    So, occasionally I get an itch, then a few minutes later, I break out in hives where I scratched. It started on my arms, then on my chest, and just a few minutes ago on my stomach. They itch for a few minutes, then they stop itching, and in, like, 30 minutes its like it never happened. Do you have any ideas why?

    1. Smart Nurse

      Make the connection!

      Being a nurse with over 25 years experience, I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses. Many allergic reactions are indeed caused from eating certain foods, HOWEVER…many more are caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC’s in homes, schools and workplace.

      This is a growing problem and many people are not even aware that it exists as more and more chemicals are being introduced and used on a daily basis. Many people believe that because something smells good and it is on a store shelf that it is tested, approved and safe for use.
      Think again !

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Sinusitis, Migraines, Chronic Sinus Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY (MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one has symptoms of or suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of many disorders and illnesses when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your immune and respiratory system will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Antimony, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don’t they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then … well… then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO’s —- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets – these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze – your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins – VERY toxic
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines – The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)
      New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.
      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is “Fragrance Free” these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances.

      More and more workplaces & schools are implementing Fragrance Free policies and creating “Fragrance Free Zones”… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

  17. Kioti

    Is Lupus a disqualification from the USMC?
    I am currently enlisted in the USMC DEP and scheduled to leave for boot on June 27 ’09. It was recently discovered that I have an autoimmune disease. The tests came back positive for Lupus.

    I really want to serve my country. Will this prevent me from going to boot?

    1. Anama

      If you have active signs and symptoms it is unlikely that you will qualify. If you do not, it is also likely that the stress of boot camp, etc. will cause a flare up. You can always try for a waiver though.
      There are other ways to serve your country that are just as valid. You can become a computer engineer and work on defense systems, become an underwater weapons engineer, you can design better camo, maybe come up with a vaccine for potential bio warfare, work on a cure for aids (which would benefit mankind), etc. Just because you may not qualify for the marines, there are still PLENTY of ways to serve your country outside of the military service.

  18. Hannarr

    What to do for a sore throat and headache?
    I’ve had a stuffy nose, sore throat and a constant headache for days..
    I can’t take any more medicine…it does nothing!
    What should I do?

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