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Infection and Lupus


lupus infectionLups affects the immune system, thus reducing the body’s ability to prevent and fight infection. In addition, many of the drugs used to treat SLE also suppress the function of the immune system, thereby further depressing the ability to fight infection. The risk of infection parallels medication dosages and duration of treatment.

Patients with SLE who show signs and symptoms of infection need prompt therapy to prevent it from becoming life threatening. The most common infections involve the respiratory tract, urinary tract, and skin and do not require hospitalization if they are treated promptly. Other opportunistic infections, particularly Salmonella, herpes zoster, and Candida infections, are more common in patients with SLE because of altered immune status.

 

 

Potential Symptoms of Infection

Respiratory Tract Infections

  • sore throat
  • sneezing
  • fever
  • productive or nonproductive
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • malaise
  • chills
  • back and muscle pain
  • dyspnea
  • wheezing or rales
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Urinary Tract Infections

  • chills
  • fever
  • flank pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • urinary frequency
  • dysuria
  • hematuria

Skin Infections

  • lesions
  • redness
  • swelling
  • tenderness or pain

lupus infection

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