Click the video above to watch this week’s Lupus Q&A! Or you can read the questions and answers below, if you prefer 🙂
Cynthia Hildreth: What are the four types of Lupus and are the symptoms similar?
- Systemic Lupus: Can affect many organs/systems of the body.
- Discoid Lupus: Chronic autoimmune, focused on attacking skin with scarring lesions. It’s cause is unknown at the moment.
- Neonatal Lupus: Uncommon autoimmune disease that causes skin lesions of the infant and/or congenital heart block. Only affects 1% of women who test positive for Ro/La antibodies which are Sjogren positive antibodies.
- Drug Induced Lupus: Typically skin rashes which go away after the drug is stopped.
Lori R. Belvedresi: Has anyone ever had any gynecological issues due to Lupus? Not pregnancy related?
Due to the gut dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of your gut microflora as a result of gut permeability, Lupus patients tend to get frequent yeast infections and UTI’s.
Also Lupus and its meds can disrupt our hormones in such a way to cause vaginal atrophy, dryness, and/or sexual discomfort. We may also be more prone to pelvic organ prolapse as well.
Jan Freshour: What is the salty taste in my mouth and is it from Lupus?
It’s not a direct cause and effect, but we know that Lupus patients tend to have acid reflux, which causes a salty taste in our mouths. Although taste is usually more bitter or sour, you can get salty taste as well.
Sinus infection and post nasal drip is also common for us, due to unhealthy endothelial lining, and the post nasal drip mucus can have a high salt concentration and typically drips into the back of the throat.