Rheumatology Center of New Jersey
Rheumatologists located in Princeton, Somerville, Flemington and Monroe, NJ
Autoimmune disease lupus can damage any part of your body, including skin, joints, and organs. To tackle the joint pain and fatigue lupus causes with state-of-the-art medical care, turn to the experienced team of rheumatologists at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey. With locations in Monroe, Somerville, and Flemington, New Jersey, help is nearby. Call to book an appointment or use the online scheduling tool today.
Lupus Q & A
What is lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack healthy body tissues mistakenly. The inflammation lupus causes can damage your joints, skin, organs, blood vessels, and even your brain. Women are ten times more likely to develop lupus than men.
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Lupus shares many of the same symptoms as other autoimmune diseases, such as:
- Joint pain, swelling, and stiffness
- Swelling around the eyes
- Unexplained fever
- A red butterfly-shaped facial rash, or other rashes
- Skin lesions
- Confusion or memory loss
- Pale, purple-colored fingers or toes
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Dry eyes
- Muscle pain
- Swollen glands
- Hair loss
- Mouth ulcers
- Sun sensitivity
What are lupus risk factors?
Lupus often happens as a result of genetics, but environmental factors may play a role. Lupus risk factors include:
- Being a women
- Age (between 15 and 35 years old)
- Being Asian American, Hispanic, or African American
- Taking certain medications
- Having an infection
How is lupus diagnosed?
The team at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey determine if you have lupus with one or more of the following diagnostic methods:
- Taking your medical history
- Completing a physical examination
- Ordering blood tests and imaging tests (X-rays or electrocardiograms)
- Taking skin or kidney biopsies
How is lupus treated?
While there isn’t a cure for lupus, several treatment options help ease symptoms and reduce organ damage associated with the disease. Your doctor at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey may recommend one or more of the following:
- Medication that treats inflammation and delays disease progression
- Medicinal infusions or injections
- Treatment of lupus-related health conditions (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or infection)
Things you can do at home to help control symptoms of lupus include:
- Regular exercise
- Eating a healthy diet
- Avoiding tobacco products
- Using sun protection
- Getting plenty of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids
It’s important to see your doctor at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey regularly to monitor your lupus, keep symptoms under control, and stay healthy.
To find relief from your lupus symptoms and live a fuller life, call the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey to book an appointment or schedule online.