ublished on Jan 17, 2018Advice on recognizing and managing lupus flares from top rheumatologist.
Lupus Flares: Recognizing one, triggers, and prevention
Unpredictable and debilitating bouts with symptoms of the disease are known as flares.
At times lupus patients may have periods with few to no symptoms, commonly called remissions. Some physicians are uncomfortable with the term “remission” as lupus symptoms rarely disappear completely. They may, instead, choose to use the term “quiescence” (pronounced: kwee-ess-ence.) At other times the patient may have high disease activity which include unpredictable and debilitating bouts with symptoms of the disease.
Flares can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. For example: A mild flare could perhaps be signaled by a lupus rash, moderate flares could include the rash, fatigue, and joint or muscle pain, and severe flares could potentially cause damage to the organs including fluid buildup around the heart or even kidney disease or failure (called lupus nephritis), which would require immediate medical attention. Back to top
So how is a lupus flare recognized?
Most lupus patients will have symptoms of muscle and joint pain as well as fatigue regularly, so what makes a flare different? Here are some warning signs of a pending lupus flare:
It is important to report any of these with your medical caregiver as soon as possible so that they can quickly assess and treat any symptoms that could signal a flare. Keeping a daily symptom journal can be a helpful tool. Back to top
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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues. It results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs.
This is the way it works. There is a protein called antibody that the immune system produces in order to protect and fight against antigens (which are foreign substance to the body) such as viruses and bacteria. Lupus will now make the immune system unable to recognize and differentiate between antigen and the normal healthy tissue in the body which makes the immune system direct antibodies against the healthy tissue causing swelling, pain, and tissue damage.
The effect of lupus can affect any part of the body such as joints, blood vessels, lungs, kidney and other internal organs.
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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. It causes the immune system to attack the body’s own healthy organs and tissues. Researchers believe that lupus develops in response to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Lupus treatment focuses on lowering inflammation levels to reduce flare-up’s. (1) Following a lupus diet can help lupus sufferers manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Lupus Diet Foods to Eat
1. Organic, Unprocessed Foods
Consuming organic, unprocessed foods can help limit your exposure to synthetic ingredients, pesticides and other toxins. Packaged, processed foods often contain harsh ingredients that can weaken the immune system.
Raw vegetables help create an alkaline environment in the body to lower inflammation levels. They also contain antioxidants, prebiotics, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals that help strengthen the immune system. The best vegetables to eat raw or cooked include leafy greens, garlic, onions, asparagus, artichokes, bell peppers, beets, mushrooms and avocado. (2)
Fresh fruit is high in vitamins and important nutrients that helps boost the immune system. To help lower inflammation levels, add berries, pomegranate and cherries to your diet.
Certain herbs, spices and teas are beneficial for lupus and other autoimmune conditions thanks to their anti-inflammatory and natural healing properties. Try ginger, turmeric, basil, oregano, thyme and green tea. (3)
5. Probiotic Foods
- Probiotics helps fill the gut with beneficial bacteria to strengthen the immune system and reduce digestive problems. Add kefir, kommbucha, sauerkraut, kimchi and cultured vegetables to your diet.
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Lupus nephritis is a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) combined with immunity damage of different pathological types for both kidneys, at the same time it is a kind of disease that accompanied with clinical manifestation of obvious renal damage. Its pathogenesis is related with the formation of immune complex, immune cells, cytokines and other immune abnormalities.Under the influences of various factors, such as genetic factor, environmental factor, and estrogen level, etc. can cause the reducing of T lymphocyte, the lowering of T suppressor cells’ function, and the over proliferation of B cell. Meanwhile, it will generate a quantity of autoantibody. This kind of autoantibody combines with the autoantigen, develops into the related immune complex, and then deposits in the kidney tubules and glomerulus, etc. In addition to the systemic manifestations of SLE, the main manifestation in clinic is hematuria, proteinuria, and renal insufficiency, etc.
The human immune system disorders and body parts appears erythema.Immune cells change,T lymphocytes decrease and B cell has excessive hyperplasia. Cell function is abnormal and white blood cell produces autoantibody. Combined with the corresponding antigen that is adhesive on the damaged DNA cells. Form immune complex ,Immune complex deposited to kidney and then to glomerular basement membrane.Release inflammatory medium and cause a series of inflammatory reaction.
Intravascular activation of clotting factors,increased capillary permeability and infiltration of inflammatory cells ,Lead to glomerular injury ,Cause renal damage and form lupus nephritis.
About the treatment of lupus nephritis, our hospital can use the Micro Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy to clean the toxins in blood. Wipe out the immune complex that in the glomerular basement membrane. Meanwhile, we can through the immunoadsorption therapy to absorb the immune complex which deposits in the glomerulus. In the plasma separator, blood is separated, and the immunoadsorbent absorbs the immune complex that deposited in the glomerular basement membrane ,Cure the lupus nephritis fundamentally