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Flare indicators


The following symptoms could indicate a lupus flare-

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Rash 
    - rash on the cheeks 
    - raised rash with little white bumps 
    - redness of fingertips, tips of toes, areas around fingernails, or the palms or soles of the feet 
    - areas of vasculitis (inflammation of small blood vessels), which could be characterised  by small ulcers 
    - fishnet pattern to the skin 
    - fluid- or air-filled blisters 
    - deep pockets of inflamed & sometimes ulcerated skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Sun-sensitivity
  • Mouth or nose ulcers
  • Joint pains
  • Muscle inflammation
  • Small nodules on the tendons (around the elbow or on the ankles)
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Enlargement of the parotid glands (glands in the cheeks)
  • Low platelet count
  • Low white count or low lympocyte count
  • High blood pressure
  • Menstrual period irregularities
  • Sore throat, backache, headache
  • Eye problems 
    - spots in the eyes called 'cotton wool spots' & sometimes little haemorrhages 
    - little clotted blood vessels in the eyes (found by your doctor)
  • Abnormalities of complement
  • Antibodies to cardiolipin
  • The lupus anticoagulant

Triggers of lupus flares
  • Sunlight
  • Ultraviolet light
  • Infections
  • Stress
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Pregnancy
  • Sulfa drugs (eg. septrin)
  • Birth control pills
  • Radiation therapy



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