Have you noticed a butterfly-shaped rash across your face? Many patients are uninformed about lupus disease and its symptoms, including this distinctive rash.

At Ramos Rheumatology, Dr. Ramos can recognize the signs of lupus, perform a comprehensive evaluation and provide you with an accurate diagnosis. If you notice this telltale rash or experience other symptoms such as fatigue or joint pain, call the friendly staff at Ramos Rheumatology or schedule an appointment today.

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FAQs on Lupus:

What is lupus?

Lupus is a disease which causes your body to attack your tissues and organs. Lupus affects many different bodily systems, including your:

  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Brain
  • Kidneys
  • Blood cells
  • Skin
  • Joints

Symptoms of lupus depend on which of these body systems have been affected. In many, but not all cases, a butterfly-shaped rash may appear on your face across the bridge of your nose and cheeks. You may also experience other symptoms, such as:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold fingers and toes
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches

If you experience any of these symptoms, communicate them with Dr. Ramos. He will help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all of your individual needs.

Is lupus autoimmune?

Yes. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning your immune system has mistaken normal, healthy cells in a certain part of the body for something foreign and is now attacking itself. Some autoimmune diseases are hereditary, including lupus. Lupus can also be triggered by an infection, medications, or exposure to sunlight.

How is lupus diagnosed?

At Ramos Rheumatology, Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski use multiple tests for a correct diagnosis of lupus. Lupus can mimic other diseases, but with blood and urine diagnostic testing, our team can successfully provide symptom relief. Some of the tests used include:

  • Complete blood count
  • Kidney and liver assessments
  • Antinuclear antibody
  • Chest X-ray
  • Skin biopsy

Once your tests point conclusively at lupus, the team at Ramos Rheumatology develops a treatment plan with your symptoms and needs in mind.

What are the best lupus treatment options for me?

While there is no definitive cure for lupus, Dr. Ramos can help you manage your symptoms to live comfortably with your condition. Lupus symptoms often flare up and subside. To manage flare-ups, we usually recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription medications, and steroids. Other prescriptions may fit your symptoms and needs better, and Dr. Ramos can help determine which option will work best for you.

Having an experienced and trusted team diagnose you correctly with lupus is very important. Rely on Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski at Ramos Rheumatology for your treatment and care. Call the office to speak to a member of the friendly staff or schedule an appointment today.