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A skin rash in the face? – Lupus Symptoms Checker

L0070513 Lupus erythematosus Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Lupus erythematosus. 1887 On lupus erythematosus; or bat's-wing disease / Balmanno Squire Published: 1887.Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

 

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or just lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect nearly every portion of the body. Its expression ranges from mild to a life-threatening condition.

The immune system has as its main responsibility to defend the body from possible external threats, like microbes. Still, there are situations in which the immune system confuses and attacks their own body’s elements. This is known as an autoimmune disorder.

There are several types of autoimmune diseases, and each one has its particularities. In SLE, there are antibodies (proteins that normally attack foreign microbes) attacking the overall body’s genetic material.

Sadly, as it was any infection, the immune system activation and attack will swell the tissues. As there is the genetic material in every cell, this disease can affect several organs like the brain, kidneys, lungs, heart, blood vessels, joints, and more.

This disease has preferences; it affects women the most. They will have around 90% of all the SLE diagnoses. Also, the disease will appear in the childbearing ages of them. Despite that it is not as likely for men and children to have this disease, it is also possible.

There are several risk factors for developing SLE. One of the strongest ones is the past family history of this disease, and many others also exist, for example, tobacco smoking. However, to this day, there is no way to know who will have SLE and who does not. Therefore, the diagnosis still relies on a combination of symptoms and laboratory findings.

This is a Lupus Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this disease.

Keep in mind that for diagnosing this disease, besides specific symptoms, several laboratory studies are necessary. And this tool does not replace an assessment by a doctor.

Nevertheless, this tool will tell anybody who uses it the likelihood of their symptoms because of lupus. It will ask questions regarding risk factors and the most important symptoms of this condition.

Lupus could prompt severe organ dysfunction or even life-threatening situations in the long run. A close follow-up by a medical doctor is necessary, although for that to occur, first, it would be necessary to have a diagnosis. That is what this tool is all about, prevention.

Using this tool is free and would only take a few minutes. Please do not get caught off guard.

  • Question of

    Do you are a female?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have between fourteen and forty-four years old?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does any of your family members have been diagnosed with lupus?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does any of your family members have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease? (It includes rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, Guillain-Barre syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, psoriasis, etc.)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    When you were born, did you have low weight (below 2500 grams), or were you born before 35 weeks of gestation? (If there is a positive answer to any of those questions, click yes)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes every day for ten years, or half a pack for twenty years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does your race is Hispanic, African American, or Asian?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with hypertension? (High blood pressure)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have diagnosed with high cholesterol levels in the blood or heart problems?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a red skin rash on your nose and cheeks? (It looks like the one in the photo below)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is this skin rash painful and/or itches?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this red skin rash has days or several weeks now?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have fatigue?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Recently, do you have had important weight loss?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have joint pain? (Joints include hips, knees, ankles, wrists, several within the fingers of your hands, elbows, etc.)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is this joint pain overwhelmingly hard, and it affects a few joints that are just at one side of your body (either left or right, hands, knees, wrists)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is this joint pain affecting joints in pairs, such as your wrists, hands, and knees?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    When you expose yourself to sunlight, do you have unusual red skin rashes (within the face, arms, or hands) or symptoms afterward that typically lasts two days?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have had seizures?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have had a drop in grades or job performance and/or trouble thinking clearly or concentrating?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have had heard, see, or taste something others say they’re not? Or hang on to irrational beliefs or thoughts no matter what others say? Or pull away from relatives and friends?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with or you consider you suffer from anxiety or mood disorders?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with migraines, or you have recurrent headaches? (More than two times a week)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have chest pain?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this chest pain alleviate when you lean forward?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have shortness of breath?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than two years without a complete blood count?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have mouth ulcers or canker sores more than three times a year? (They should be painless)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have areas within your head that no longer have hair (like spots), or are you losing hair very rapidly?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you take any of these three medications: procainamide, hydralazine, or isoniazid?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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