Lupus Diagnosis and Treatment
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can impact many different bodily systems, including the brain, skin, blood, heart, lungs, joints or other important body organs. Lupus often mimics other ailments, making it difficult to diagnose. Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta offers professional lupus diagnosis and treatment at our medical clinic in Alpharetta, GA.
No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. The most distinctive sign of lupus, a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks, occurs in many but not all cases. Other common signs and symptoms include:
- Joint pain, swelling
- Skin lesions
- Chest pain
- Dry eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Confusion, memory loss
Exposure to the sun, infections and some medications can trigger lupus. The condition affects many other body systems, causing complications with the kidneys, lungs, heart, blood vessels, brain, and central nervous system.
Get Help to Live with Lupus
A combination of physical findings, advanced imaging and several blood tests are usually required to diagnose lupus accurately. After Dr. Spitzler or Dr. Murad reach a diagnosis, they can create a treatment plan that addresses your particular complications and symptoms. You may also need to see other medical specialists if lupus impacts your heart, lungs or other major organs.
Treatment for lupus seeks to minimize your symptoms and support other affected bodily symptoms. Dr. Spitzler or Dr. Murad can work with other medical professionals to craft a comprehensive treatment plan. Common treatments include NSAIDs, corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and other therapies targeting affected organs or systems.
If you develop any of the symptoms listed above, especially the butterfly-patterned rash on your cheeks, contact our dermatology practice and schedule an exam and consultation with Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta for diagnosis and effective treatment.