Basically there are two categories of asthma conventional medications. The first one prevents asthma symptoms from developing and the second one alleviates them once they have started. Are you looking for a natural way to relieve your symptoms of asthma? Have you recently heard about the amazing health benefits of broccoli sprouts? It would be the best diet to treat inflammation in asthma.

Exercise is one of the best ways to learn how to cure asthma naturally. Why? Because running, jogging, swimming, and all cardio based sports help you strengthen your lung muscles which will help you breathe easier. Try not exercise in cold air as this is a frequent asthma trigger, if you do then you might have to bring your inhaler with you.

Is there a lot of sugar in your diet? Processed foods and refined sugar can cause loads of inflammation inside of the body. When you have an asthma attack, your air passage ways become inflamed. Pay attention to the foods you have eaten before your asthma attack occurs. Start by keeping a food diary. This will help you to understand which foods you should avoid, and which ones do not trigger asthmatic symptoms.

There is a very little talked about herb called Quercetin that has been documented and proven to help strengthen the respiratory system. The thing that most studies don't tell you is that it is the best herb available when seeking to get rid of asthma. When this Herb is taken in the proper dosage it is proven to have amazing results and many have testified that their asthma symptoms have disappeared.

Mullein – Another remedy that dates way back that helps relieve bronchitis and dry cough. The leaves and flowers have been shown to lower the amount of mucous and phlegm which is absolutely essential to good breathing.

Stinging Nettle – A great inflammatory reducing herb that is also used to treat arthritis and lupus.

Popular for asthma sufferers is aromatherapy. When you have chosen the right oils and scents, aromatherapy will give you the effect of total relaxation and is very popular to asthma sufferers.

Certain vitamins seems to have a depleting effect on asthma sufferers that take medication. For e.g. vitamin B6 deficiency is common in asthmatics. Depending on your medication, vitamin B6 tends to get depleted with an anti-asthma drug such as theophylline and aminophylline.

Persistent poor control

If patient sill has symptoms, doctor would try other medication like leukotriene receptor antagonists or theophyllins to get adequate asthma control. If treatment is still not successful, the amount of inhaled corticosteroids may be increased to its maximum safe dose, and additional preventer medicines will be tried.

When diluted with water, Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to decrease the symptoms of asthma in as little as 24 hours. Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sulfur, enzymes, and healthy acids which help to assist in curing several ailments within the body. It works the best when given at the onset of an asthma attack.

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24 thoughts on “Prognosis For Lupus Patients

  1. Kasey

    I was diagnosed with SLE, I need more info please..?
    I was recently diagnosed with SLE, it is a autoimmune disease form of lupus. My titter count was extremely high that noted the presence of the disease. I have had it over ten years but they just found it now. they seemed concerned on how much its already damaged my body. I need more information on this. Personal experience with the disease would be great if you could give me some advise. Thanks

    1. Bella

      Lupus (sometimes generically referred to as SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease, one that takes on several forms and can affect any part of the body, but is most commonly attacks the skin, joints, the heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain.

      Autoimmune diseases are characterized by a malfunction of the immune system one in which the immune system cannot distinguish between the body’s own cells and tissues and that of foreign matter, like viruses. Rather than simply producing antibodies to attack antigens (viruses, bacteria and similar foreign matter), the immune system creates auto-antibodies that attack the immune system itself.

      When this happens, victims can suffer inflammation (the primary feature of lupus), pain, and tissue damage. Inflammation in and of itself can cause pain, heat, redness, swelling and loss of function, either internally (certain organs) or externally (primarily the skin) or both.

      For some patients who are mildly afflicted, symptoms lupus can be managed as a chronic illness, however, the disease can be quite serious and even life threatening for others. There is no cure for lupus, though symptoms can be treated with drugs such as corticosteroids and immunosuppressants. Also, the disease does not follow a common path. Lupus patients often suffer unpredictable bouts of the disease (called flares) followed by periods of remission.

      The prognosis for those with lupus often depends on the amount of organ involvement. In other words, is the disease targeting organs rather than skin and joints?

      Survival for lupus patients with central nervous system, major organ involvement and/or kidney disease is likely to be shorter than those with only skin and/or joint disease related to lupus. The most common cause of death associated with lupus is infection due to immunosuppression, caused by medications used to manage the disease

  2. fedup

    alopecia areata and pericarditis combined?
    adult male 40 year old had alopecia areata for six months now.
    lethargy and some joint pain in hands a few weeks ago.
    today admitted and undertreatment for viral pericarditis.
    I am suspecting autoimmune cause of pericarditis.

    any doctors or patients have knowledge to share about hsitory prognosis and treatment for it?
    He is under treatment with Indomethecin. Diagonosed as viral pericarditis. Today is third day still have some pain. There is no joint pain or inflamation. I am more concerned about the future recurrence of any other autoimmune diseases. He had history of colitis years ago.
    Thanks for listening to me.
    Yesterday the patient went to emergency for feeling of nausea and headache and vomitting. He had ringing in his ears for two days and felt so sick. Indomethacin 50 mg tds for five days finished and was reduced to 25 mg that morning. At the emergency the doctor tested CT scan and also did a series of blodd test for any inflammation and infection going on. Negative and the disgnosis was drug reaction to Indomethacin. Patient is feeling better but still very weak today. (Touch wood) he is on recovery now. Thanks!
    I did told the emergency doctor about his old history of autoimmune disorder. He said his blood tests would cover it. Thanks !

  3. karl j

    What r canine lupus symptoms, what is prognosis. Need to add to the Vets knowledge hopefully?
    my Boston Terrier/Shiz-tsu is at vets he is unable to locate cause of flucuating fever, some drooling, lack of appetite.White blood cell count at the bottom of the scale. All other tests (kidneys, Liver) coming back normal. Was being treated to some infection in esophogus being given anti-biotics. Would like to offer vet an alternative diagnosis

    1. Pam

      Systemic Lupus Erythematosus(SLE): is one of several diseases known as “the great imitators” because its symptoms vary so widely it often mimics or is mistaken for other illnesses, and because the symptoms come and go unpredictably. Diagnosis can be elusive, with patients sometimes suffering unexplained symptoms and untreated SLE for years. Common initial and chronic complaints are fever, malaise, joint pains, myalgias and fatigue.

      Discoid Lupus symptoms: normally starts as loss of pigment around the nose. There may be scabby sores or just scaling of the nasal tissue. The surface of the nose may change from its typical cobblestoned appearance to a smooth surface.

    1. gangadharan nair

      Outlook (Prognosis):
      The outcome varies. Some patients remain in a stable condition for long periods, some continue to get gradually sicker, and others quickly get worse. Cardiomyopathy can only be corrected if the underlying disease can be cured.
      Possible Complications:
      * Congestive heart failure
      * Arrhythmias
      * Pulmonary edema
      * Side effects of medications, including:
      # Low blood pressure
      # Lightheadedness and fainting
      # Lupus reaction (a group of symptoms including a skin rash and arthritis)
      # Headache
      # Gastrointestinal upset

    1. Selah

      I am a caucasion and I have Lupus so yes it is possible.

      Here is what I found:

      Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of a variety of health concerns than other populations. For example, the National Public Health Association reports that in the year 2000, nearly 8 percent of Caucasians were considered to be in fair or poor health compared to nearly 13 percent of Latinos, nearly 14 percent of African Americans, and more than 17 percent of Native Americans.

      In addition to ethnicity (race, cultural values, beliefs, and practices), some potential reasons for racial health disparities include communication barriers, lack of access to care, lower income levels, and lack of insurance.

      Facts About Gender and Racial Disparities in Lupus

      Lupus targets women and minorities.
      Lupus is estimated to affect 1 to 1.5 million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women.
      African-American women are three times more likely to get lupus than Caucasian women and to suffer worse symptoms. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as many as one in every 250 African-American women has lupus.
      Latino, Asian, and Native American women have an increased incidence of lupus. In fact, lupus is twice as prevalent among Asian-American and Latino women as it is among Caucasian women.
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that death rates from lupus are more than five times higher for women than for men and more than three times higher for African Americans than for Caucasians.
      Between 1979 and 1998, death rates from lupus increased nearly 70 percent among African-American women between the ages of 45 and 64 years.
      Ethnicity, the Major Determinant of Lupus Progression

      The largest multi-ethnic, multi-regional, and multi-institutional study of lupus, called Lupus in Minorities: Nature Versus Nurture (LUMINA), has provided insight into the extent of disease, and the role of nature (genetics) or nurture (lifestyle) in lupus among Latino and African-American populations. The study tracked death, damage, disability, and disease activity.

      LUMINA began in 1993, and was spearheaded by investigators from three institutions: Graciela S. Alarcon, MD, MPH, from the University of Alabama, John D. Reveille, MD of the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, Jeffrey R. Lisse, MD, of the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, and more recently, Luis M. Vilá, MD of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

      The researchers have published numerous papers reporting study findings on the relative contribution of genetic and socioeconomic factors on the course and outcome of lupus in Latinos, African Americans, and Caucasians.

      LUMINA Findings

      African-American and Latino lupus patients tend to develop lupus earlier in life, experience greater disease activity such as kidney problems, and have overall more severe disease than Caucasian patients.
      Latino women had a poorer prognosis overall than Caucasian women, were more likely to have kidney involvement and damage, and showed a more rapid rate of kidney failure.
      African-American patients had a higher frequency of neurological problems such as seizures, hemorrhage, and stroke while Latinos experienced a higher level of cardiac disease.
      Genetic and ethnic factors appear to be more important than socioeconomic determinants in influencing disease activity and certain organ manifestations at disease onset and presentation. The results also suggest that there are probably other genetic factors affecting the presentation of the disease in the African-American and Latino communities

  4. Neysa

    if you have lupus, and you have treatment, how long will you live ?
    my dad has lupus and hes had it seince he was like, 26? and i want to know how long he will have to live..

    1. Curious Twilight

      First off, I’m no doctor. I got this off the internet:

      “Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause.

      Causes, incidence, and risk factors

      No one knows what causes pulmonary fibrosis or why some people get it. It causes the lungs to become scarred and stiffened. This stiffening may make it increasingly difficult to breathe. In some people the disease gets worse quickly (over months to a few years), but other people have little worsening of the disease over time.

      The condition is believed to result from an inflammatory response to an unknown substance. “Idiopathic” means no cause can be found. The disease occurs most often in people between 50 and 70 years old.


      Chest pain (occasionally)

      Cough (usually dry)

      Decreased tolerance for activity

      Shortness of breath during activity (this symptom lasts for months or years, and over time may also occur when at rest)

      Signs and tests

      The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history. Your doctor will ask whether you have been exposed to asbestos and if you have been a smoker.

      Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis have abnormal breath sounds called crackles. Patients with advanced disease may have blue-colored skin (cyanosis) around the mouth or in the fingernails due to low oxygen.

      Examination of the fingers and toes may show abnormal enlargement of the fingernail bases (clubbing).

      Tests that help diagnose idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis include the following:

      Bronchoscopy with transbronchial lung biopsy

      Chest CT scan

      Chest x-ray

      Measurements of blood oxygen level

      Pulmonary function tests

      Surgical lung biopsy

      Tests for connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or scleroderma


      No known cure exists for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Unfortunately, no medication has been shown to improve the outcome of patients with this condition.

      For some people, medications such as corticosteroids and cytotoxic drugs may help reduce swelling (inflammation).

      Ongoing clinical studies are experimenting with new treatments that have been shown to help some people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      Oxygen may be necessary in patients who have low blood oxygen levels.

      Lung rehabilitation will not cure the disease, but can help maintain exercise capacity (the ability to exercise without breathing difficulty).

      Some patients with advanced pulmonary fibrosis may need a lung transplant.

      Support Groups

      You can ease the stress of illness by joining a support group where members share common experiences and problems.

      See also: Lung disease – support group

      Expectations (prognosis)

      Some patients may improve when they are treated with corticosteroids or cytotoxic drugs, but in most people the disease can get worse even with treatment. This worsening can happen quickly, or very slowly.


      Chronic hypoxemia (low blood oxygen level)

      Cor pulmonale


      Polycythemia (abnormally high levels of red blood cells)

      Pulmonary hypertension

      Respiratory failure

      Calling your health care provider

      Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop:

      A regular cough

      Shortness of breath


      Avoiding smoking may help prevent this condition, but how to prevent the cause is not known.”

      Apparently, there’s no cure yet…

      But, why don’t you go see a doctor? It’s much more recommended. That way you get reliable information.

    1. jeanette

      Systematic, means something is well organized or arranged according to a set of plan and or is grouped into systems.

      Conversely, systemic means something matters to the entire system. This describes something that belongs to, works together with, or can affect the entire body or system as a whole.

      Science is systematic because it has order and its facts are arranged. You cannot say Science is systemic but Science is systematic for it readily follows a particular system or methodology. Thus, if you have a consistent method of cleaning the bedroom first, followed by the living room and lastly the dining room then more or less you can be described as cleaning your house systematically.

      Systemic is very different because when the doctor tells his patient that he or she has a systemic lupus or a systemic infection then this means that the patient is experiencing a generalized infection all throughout the entirety of his or her body. The entire system (the human body) is affected that’s why the case is already systemic. This also implies that the health prognosis is poor because the infection has spread
      systematic means “Arranged or conducted according to a system, plan, or organized method.” A novelist, for example, may have a systematic method of organizing note cards.

      systemic is chiefly a scientific term meaning “belonging to, supplying, or affecting the system or body as a whole.” It is often used to refer to a condition that affects the nervous system in particular.

      Read the labels on your gardening supplies. If your herbicide, insecticide, or fungicide is described as “systemic,” it kills the pest you’re after by entering its system and making its way throughout the plant’s or animal’s tissues.

  5. drshivamakam

    my uncle is suffering from bilateral RCC with stage 4. with out treatment what is the life span?
    doctors says bilateral nephrectomy and life time dialysis is choice and my uncle refused their advice. any other option left for him? kindly tell me.

  6. crazychick16

    Friend had lupus?
    this girl im becoming friends with has lupus thats in remission. She had to take a bunch of steroids and shes still swollen up from them. I wanted to know what might happen to her. Shes not going to die or anything, is she? Shes 18 i believe

    1. anotherep

      Lupus is a pretty variable disease with many different presentations and courses. The general stats are that 90% of patients survive up to 10 years after diagnosis, and ~80% up to 20 years after. However, the decrease in survival percentages is more a reflection of those who had serious cases versus normal cases. For many lupus patients, the disease mainly becomes one of managing flares and few serious health complications arise. However, those with more severe forms of the disease may suffer from all sorts of serious problems such as kidney failure and anemia, or infection as a result of drug treatments.

      The reason the prognosis is so variable is because the disease is so variable. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system attacks parts of the body. However, which part the immune cells attack can differ from patient to patient. One common target is DNA. Since DNA is so ubiquitous in the body, it is not surprising that lupus reactions can be so severe. In all, the course of the disease is probably dependent on what the immune system is targeting and how robust the reaction is.

  7. connie

    Systemic Lupus — prognosis?
    If someone has systemic lupus, what is their life expectancy on an average? I know it depends on what part of the body is affected and so on, but just want to know the average life expectancy. Thanks

    1. Linda R

      If the patient is compliant with their treatment regimen and takes charge of their health through diet, exercise and positive stress management, the majority of lupus patients can expect a near normal life span. It should be noted that lupus patients experience a higher and earlier rate of atherosclerosis. Those that have antiphospholipid antibody syndrome are at even higher risk of cardiovascular events.

      In a word, lupus is far too complex in its manifestations and complications to give you your simple answer.

    1. tigers23eye

      Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease that can affect any organ. Common symptoms are vague, such as fatigue unchanged by sleep, lack of energy, weight loss, aches and pains, arthralgia, dry eyes, blurry vision, shortness of breath, a dry hacking cough or skin lesions. The cutaneous symptoms are protean, and range from rashes and noduli (small bumps) to erythema nodosum or lupus pernio. It is often asymptomatic.

      The combination of erythema nodosum, bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy and arthralgia is called Lofgren syndrome. This syndrome has a relatively good prognosis.

      Renal, liver (including portal hypertension), heart or brain involvement may cause further symptoms and altered functioning. Manifestations in the eye include uveitis and retinal inflammation, which may result in loss of visual acuity or blindness. Sarcoidosis affecting the brain or nerves is known as neurosarcoidosis.

      Corticosteroids, most commonly prednisone, have been the standard treatment for many years. In some patients, this treatment can slow or reverse the course of the disease, but other patients unfortunately do not respond to steroid therapy. The use of corticosteroids in mild disease is controversial because in many cases the disease remits spontaneously.[citation needed]Additionally, corticosteroids have many recognized dose- and duration-related side effects (which can be reduced through the use of alternate-day dosing for those on chronic therapy[citation needed]), and their use is generally limited to severe, progressive, or organ-threatening disease. The influence of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressants on the natural history is unclear.

      Severe symptoms are generally treated with steroids, and steroid-sparing agents such as azathioprine and methotrexate are often used. Rarely, cyclophosphamide has also been used. As the granulomas are caused by collections of immune system cells, particularly T cells, there has been some early indications of success using immunosuppressants, interleukin-2 inhibitors or anti-tumor necrosis factor treatment (such as infliximab). Unfortunately, none of these have provided reliable treatment and there can be significant side effects such as an increased risk of reactivating latent tuberculosis.

      Avoidance of sunlight and Vitamin D foods may be helpful in patients who are prone to developing hypercalcemia.

      Antibiotic therapy has been reported to be effective for lung, lymph and cutaneous manifestations of sarcoidosis[4] but this therapy is not currently the standard of care. On March 28, 2006, the U.S. FDA Office of Orphan Products Development designated Minocycline in the treatment of sarcoidosis,

  8. jayme

    does anyone know anything about lupus?
    My doctor just told me i have an autoimmune disease and she thinks it is lupus but i still have to be tested. Does anyone know any information on about it?
    i have googled it, but i wanted to see if anyone has any first hand experience with it. Its much different hearing about it from someone who has delt with it than hearing things from a textbook.

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