Lupus Specialist

Ramos Rheumatology, PC -  - Rheumatology

Ramos Rheumatology, PC

Rheumatology located in Avoca, PA

Have you noticed a butterfly-shaped rash across your face? At Ramos Rheumatology, PC in Avoca, Pennsylvania, Julio Ramos, MD, FACR, FACP, and Tracy Sokoloski, CRNP, recognize the rash as something more and perform a comprehensive evaluation to confirm a diagnosis of lupus. If you notice this telltale rash or are experiencing other symptoms such as fatigue or joint pain, call the friendly staff at Ramos Rheumatology or schedule an appointment today.

Lupus Q & A

What is lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease causing your body to attack your tissues and organs. Lupus affects many different bodily systems, including your:

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

Any symptoms affecting your body should be discussed with Dr. Ramos or Ms. Sokoloski during your appointment.

What causes lupus?

Some people are born with lupus, while others may trigger lupus with an infection, medications, or sunlight.  A cure for lupus doesn’t exist, but control of your symptoms is possible with the right treatment plan and treatment team of Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski at Ramos Rheumatology.

What are the symptoms of lupus?

Your lupus symptoms depend on the body systems 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 like:

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

If you experience any of these symptoms, tell your provider at Ramos Rheumatology so your treatment plan reflects all of your symptoms.

How is lupus diagnosed?

Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski use multiple tests for a correct diagnosis of lupus. Lupus mimics other diseases, but with rigorous blood and urine diagnostic testing, they 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.

How is lupus treated?

Lupus symptoms may flare and then subside. When your symptoms flare, Dr. Ramos or Ms. Sokoloski may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription medications, and steroids. Other prescriptions may fit your symptoms and needs better and your provider explains which option will work best for you.

Any medications cause side effects. If you experience abnormal side effects you should call Ramos Rheumatology for an immediate consultation. Adjustments to medications or further testing may be needed for more effective treatment.

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.