Caught a virus and starting to experience severe headaches? If you start to have severe viral infection headaches, then you should check them out. It will be a good idea to ensure that your symptoms do not point to a case of meningitis. There are serious consequences from having meningitis.So what is meningitis all about? This is an infection in the membrane that surrounds your brain. Brain and spinal cord infections can be very dangerous because they cause inflammation, which places pressure on your nerves.

This will cause you to have a viral infection headache.Inflammation can also cause the following symptoms:* Fever* Severe headache* Feeling confusedSevere inflammation can cause these symptoms:* Brain damage * Stroke* Seizures * DeathA bacterial infection or virus causes meningitis. The body can usually fight and beat an infection. However, when the infection travels into the blood stream, it can then go into your brain and spinal cord fluid. It can then affect your nerves and move into the brain causing inflammation and swelling.

This can damage or kill nerve cells and cause bleeding in the brain. It can also cause you to have a viral infection headache.Brain swelling is very dangerous because the brain is a soft organ in a hard box (the skull). If the brain swells, there is nowhere for it to go, except against the walls of the skull. This is what causes the most damage.

There are several causes of meningitis.

These include
* Bacterial infection
* Viral infection
* Fungal infection
* A reaction to medications
* A reaction to medical treatments
* Lupus
* Some forms of cancer
* A trauma to the head or back

Bacterial meningitis is the worst type because it can kill you. It often begins as an upper respiratory tract infection. From there it travels through your blood vessels to your brain. Then it can block up your blood vessels inside your brain triggering a stroke and brain damage. Viral meningitis is the most common form.

Usually viruses that enter your body through your mouth before going to your brain and multiplying cause it. You can find these viruses in the mucus, saliva and feces.

Other viruses that may cause meningitis include:
* Chicken pox
* Flu
* Mumps
* Genital herpes

Anyone can catch meningitis. This is especially true if your immune system is weak. Meningitis often begins like the flu does. You may get a rash.

The major symptoms include:
* Running a sudden fever
* A severe headache
* Stiff neck
* Dislike of light

Bacterial meningitis must be treated quickly. Severe bacterial meningitis will require intravenous antibiotics. On the other hand, antibiotics cannot be used to treat viral meningitis because they do not kill viruses. Whether you are having bacterial or viral meningitis, what would be best for yourself is to get plenty of rest and give your body a break. In the meantime, drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins and go easy on your diet.

Do follow the recommendations by your doctor during this period. Your viral infection headache and other symptoms will start to subside as your body recovers.

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what is discoid lupus of the scalp

12 thoughts on “What Is Discoid Lupus Of The Scalp

  1. Anonymous

    I suffer from advanced rheumatoid arthritis It inflames all systems.What are symptoms of Lupus?
    I’ve had 6 joint replacements & 10 surgeries. But still suffer from flu-like digestive sys inflamation. No dairy, eggs, meat; vegan diet with herbal and other suppliments. At least I can walk, but the selfishness and cruel judgeing from biological family members and others causes me to grieve, because I love and pray for them and myself. Jesus wept a lot too. Ability to love is not about others; It’s about oneself, and God is the only witness that sees true.It is the small gestures of kindness and mercy that have the greatest meaning to someone who suffers. You don’t have to rescue them; just acknowledge them as still part of humanity. Go to others with something to share, and not with emptyness expecting others to fill you. Only you can rescue you from false identity, and still love. Purify your thoughts and heartfelt intentions. That’s what we’re here to learn. We are not our bodies. This world is only a shadow of the true world.

    1. Donna M

      There are two types of Lupus:
      Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)
      and Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

      The only symptom of DLE is a butterfly-shaped facial rash that may spread to the forehead or the scalp.

      Symptoms of SLE include facial rash, fever, fatigue and malaise, joint and muscle pain, weight loss, hair loss, sensitivity to the sun, mouth sores, vulnerability to illness, enlarged lymph nodes, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, recurring bladder infections, and presence of lupus antibodies in the blood.

      As a side note, have you every tried Bach Flower Remedies. Edward Bach’s theories on illness might interest you, so if you can find his book Heal Thyself, you’d learn a lot.
      His research has shown that people who develop arthritis and other diseases leading to stiffness or rigidity is a reflection of the same in the person’s character or mindset.
      I’m not accusing you of anything here, please understand. I read the book a couple of weeks ago, to learn more about myself and why I’m prone to certain things. It took a couple of days to get my head around it, but it’s powerful stuff.
      Good luck, hon 🙂

  2. Weeping Willow, Cry For Me

    What’s a good product for preventing sunburn on my scalp?
    I got a bad sunburn on my scalp a few years ago, and since then, I sunburn there very easily. I wear hats, but that isn’t always practical. I have been using baby sunblock, but that doesn’t do my hair any favours! What can I use for everyday sunburn protection on a very sensitive scalp?

    1. Whisper

      I avoided being out in the sun, because I’m sensitive and I also contacted discoid lupus 12 years ago, even though I’ve been avoiding the sun since I was 9, as much as possible. I also have a wide brim hat I carry with me EVERYWHERE. I mean everywhere, in the car, or just walking out & about, no matter what season.

      Or use umbrella. In a country where they only have two season, using an umbrella is what they used instead of sunblock. It is the most natural thing.

      There are patio umbrellas, sunbrellas, beach umbrellas & sunshades, so people who see you with umbrella when it is sunny and are being sarcastic, they’re just being ignorant. I see more & more people walking with umbrellas when it is sunny, now THOSE are the smart ones!

      Not only does it protect your skin, it protects your hair as well, since hair gets sunburned just like your skin and it will not get discolored.

  3. Mizzundastood!!!!!!!!

    14 year old girl with discoid lupus?
    Hello well as u can tell i am 14 years old and i have discoid lupus. I was diagnosed 11 years ago and i never took the time to research it. Due to this disease i have a long purplish mark down my nose which i have had sense i was three im also starting to see this sort of mark appear on my chin. I havent been taking care of my skin as i should nd i want to know what are some of the consequences I can face due to that also any other information you have pertaining to the disease would be very helpful

    1. l.s.

      Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a chronic skin condition of sores with inflammation and scarring favoring the face, ears, and scalp and at times on other body areas. These lesions develop as a red, inflamed patch with a scaling and crusty appearance. The center areas may appear lighter in color with a rim darker than the normal skin. When lesions occur in hairy areas such as the beard or scalp, permanent scarring and hair loss can occur. A small percentage of patients with discoid lupus can develop disease of the internal organs, which can make the person sick. Children and people with many spots are usually at more risk of this. If a doctor suspects this condition, a skin biopsy needs to be done to confirm the diagnosis because other conditions can look like discoid lupus erythematosus. If the skin biopsy shows discoid lupus erythematosus, then further blood testing may be indicated.

      The exact cause is unknown, but it is thought to be autoimmune with the body’s immune system incorrectly attacking normal skin. This condition tends to run in families. Females outnumber males with this condition 3 to 1. In some patients with discoid lupus erythematosus, sunlight and cigarette smoking may make the lesions come out.

      Cortisone ointment applied to the skin in the involved areas will often improve the lesions and slow down their progression. Cortisone injections into the lesions will also treat discoid lupus and usually are more effective than the ointment form of cortisone. Alternatively, calcineurin inhibitors, pimecrolimus cream or tacrolimus ointment may be used. Imiquimod has also been reported to be helpful in a few patients. If the lesions are becoming unsightly and one really feel something more needs to be done, a drug named Plaquenil will often improve the condition. Patients on Plaquenil need eye exams once a year to prevent damage to the retina of the eye and periodic blood work. Closely related drugs (Aralen, Quinacrine) may be more effective but have more side effects. Other drugs, such as Accutane and Soriatane, can also be used.

      Patients whose condition is sensitive to sunlight need to wear a UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen daily and a hat while out doors. Follow-up with the doctor is important and necessary every six months to once a year to make sure the disease is not spreading to the internal organs and to minimize scarring.

  4. genuine_red

    Discoid lupus and Hair Loss?
    I have discoid lupus and I have noticed lately more than usual that my scalp is incredibly dry and I am losing a great deal of hair. I have switched to baby shampoo and leave-in conditioner with sunscreen but it isnt helping out too much. Scalp is still dry and still losing hair. I plan on cutting my hair shorter to see if that helps. Any other tips from anyone that suffers from discoid lupus with hair loss?
    I have had this problem for years though and it is especially bad when i have lupus flares. thanks for the input, it was actually an interesting response that i could share with someone else though

    1. Linda R

      Discoid lupus does cause hair loss. Please talk with your rheumatologist and dermatologist about this issue. I know some who have cut their hair shorter. And I know some who, as their flare comes under control, have had hair grow back.
      Best wishes.

  5. Amber S

    Why is my scalp irritated in the middle part of my head?
    It itches alot and then, it starts to irritate.. It’s also kinda thin, blotchy or however you wanna say it but it’s always been that way and I just hate it.. What do you think is the problem here? I kinda think it’s DHT build-up..?

    1. Marrtha Evanns

      It could be eczema or possibly discoid lupus. It is hard to tell from the description you gave. The best thing is to see a doctor.

    1. L.O.V.E.

      @Zombie Birdhouse I believe that also.

      It started with years of emotional abuse from his own Father calling him ugly and his family making fun of his nose while having to grow up and go through his awkward teenage stage in front of the whole world, hearing other people’s insulting remarks because he wasn’t cute little 10 yr old Michael anymore.

      Awkward teen yrs. are the yrs that some have to grow into their bodies, they look awkward and have acne. Self esteem is not too great during this time and a lot of teens are unsure of their looks.

      His first surgery started with an accident in 1979 when he broke his nose while rehearsing. He took this opportunity to make his nose smaller since it was the object of ridicule among his family members. As a result it blocked his breathing which is not good for anybody especially for a professional singer, so he had to have it corrected. Michael also had lupus and lupus patients are not recommended to have cosmetic surgery because it causes side effects, it can interfere with the healing process and causes scarring but he wasn’t diagnosed with Lupus until several yrs later after he had his first procedure.

      After he was diagnosed, whatever Dr he was going to should not have done plastic surgery on him simply because he had lupus. The disease itself would just cause him to need another procedure.

      Dr. Richard Strick, a medical Dr who reviewed Michaels medical records determined that his procedures were re-constructive as a result of the side-effects from his lupus which damaged the tissues of his nose.

      Some think he had body dysmorphic disorder but he was NEVER diagnosed with this disorder and his medical records were examined by a Doctor that was independent of him and hired by the State.
      The group of people that decided he had this disorder is just an OPINION. These people choose to ignore his very real physical issues like Vitiligo (which is on his autopsy report), the scalp burn, discoid lupus malar rash, and discoid lupus legions. Lupus is also on his autopsy report.
      Vitiligo and Lupus are disfiguring diseases and he was diagnosed with BOTH. You see the effects vitiligo can have such as lost of pigment and spots on the skin, lupus results in rashes and legions which were on his face.
      People that think he had body dysmorphic disorder tend to make stuff up, for example they think he bleached his skin and changed his bone structure which is totally false and has been proven to be false. (See autopsy report & Jackson cheekbones is a trait in his family.)

      I always thought he was a beautiful and amazing person. I wish things could’ve been better for him but we never know what direction life will take us.
      This loving human being suffered in front of the world from abuse and a miserable disease and was made fun of about it. I don’t know anybody that could go through what he went through. He was smart not to discuss it in detail. People are cruel and they only would’ve made him feel worse. Despite all these obstacles, he still managed somehow to become a legend and the biggest thing since sliced bread. That’s is so inspiring. I will forever love this man.

      Here are some other celebs whose plastic surgery “turned out so bad.” I wonder will people say these celebs have body dysmorphic disorder.
      Priscilla Presley, Bruce Jenner, Amanda Lepore, Daryl Hannah, Donatella Versace, Nikki Cox, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Lisa Rinna, Melanie Griffith, Joan Rivers, Jenna Jameson, Lil Kim, Kate Jackson.

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