Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and pain throughout the body, and some treatment plans include infusion therapy. Having the right treatment plan for a chronic illness can help you manage your symptoms and teach you how to live with your diagnosis.
Keep reading to learn more about this chronic disease and how FlexCare Infusion Centers may be able to help.
What is lupus?
According to The Lupus Foundation of America, lupus affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. In lupus and other autoimmune diseases, your body’s immune system attacks your tissues and organs. Inflammation and pain caused by lupus can occur in the joints, kidneys, skin, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.
Though anyone can develop lupus, it is more common in women ages 15-44, people of color, or people with a family history of lupus or another autoimmune disease.
Aside from being in one of these groups, there isn’t a known cause of lupus. However, some experts think it may develop in response to certain hormones or environmental triggers.
Lupus symptoms can vary from mild to severe, with onset developing slowly in some patients and more suddenly in others.
Perhaps the most distinctive sign of lupus is the appearance of a butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose.
Other common symptoms include fatigue, fever, joint pain or stiffness, rash, shortness of breath, chest pain, dry eyes, headaches, confusion, or memory loss.
Because the signs and symptoms of lupus are similar to those found in other diseases, it can often be difficult to diagnose.
A single test for lupus doesn’t exist, so diagnosing a patient with lupus is often done by completing various tests and evaluations.
Blood tests, urine tests, and biopsies may all be involved in the journey to a lupus diagnosis. Your doctor will review your test results, symptoms, medical history, and family history.
If you think you may be experiencing lupus symptoms, logging the frequency and severity in a notebook can help your doctor during the diagnosis process.
How infusion therapy can help treat lupus
There are prescription creams and oral medications to help manage the symptoms of lupus, as well as multiple medications that can be administered through infusion therapy to help treat lupus. Infusion medication is administered intravenously with an infusion pump and a catheter.
Infusion medications for treating lupus can help protect against infections, boost low platelet or red blood cell counts, and improve immune system function. They are also a good option for those who may not tolerate oral medications, especially steroids.
If you and your physician determine the best course of treatment is an infusion therapy medication to help treat your lupus symptoms, FlexCare Infusion Centers is here for you.
Get started with infusion therapy
At FlexCare Infusion Centers, comfort and convenience for our patients is always our top priority. We also focus on open and continual communication with you and your primary physician.
Your doctor can easily send us a referral for you. If you have any questions, you can also contact us directly. We look forward to helping you soon.