Common "Lupus" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Lupus is also called systemic lupus erythematosus. It is an autoimmune disorder causing inflammation in the joints, kidneys, skin, heart, and lungs. The symptoms are butterfly-shaped rashes on the skin, mouth ulcers, arthritis, and seizures. There is no cure for this issue, but it can be managed by preventing flare-ups and taking anti-inflammatory medications.

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Do my laboratory test results suggest kidney disease?

Query: Hello doctor,My laboratory test results are eGFR 52, MAC/creatinine ratio 33, phosphorus 4.7, BUN 24, BUN creatinine 27, and creatinine 1.1. I am a 43-year-old female recently diagnosed with lupus, do these laboratory tests indicate possible kidney disease, and if so what is the standard treatment? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Karthic Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Your kidney function seems right. Not necessarily all lupus will affect kidneys. The perfect test anyway to know if your kidneys are right is doing a kidney biopsy. But it is invasive. Do a urine microalbumin and urine protein creatinine ratio ...  Read Full »

My ANA-positive daughter is negative now. Is pregnancy safe?

Query: Hello doctor,My daughter had a little girl four years ago. About three months postpartum, she fell down a flight of stairs injuring her back. At the same time, she had a very bad cold. When her back continued to give her pain after seeing the orthopedist, she went to a neurologist. Her blood work sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to, there have been cases where ANA once positive becomes negative towards the later part. Initially, it may have been induced by pregnancy or any infection but over course of time, it becomes negative. As for your friend, I would suggest we do ENA (extractable nuclear ...  Read Full »

I have fever, joint pain, and dry mouth. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a fever for over a year now. I have joint pain in wrists and awaiting ultrasound guided steroid injections. I have three deformed fingers, premature ventricular contractions, shortness of breath, chest pain, upper back pain, neck stiffness, cracking and pain. I have dry mouth,...  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi doctor, Welcome to Well, it does look like you are having an autoimmune problem. But, the type of rash, puffy fingers, rash over the knuckles, and fever does warrant that we should evaluate you further. Secondly dry eyes, dry mouth, and choking. That is a bit of concern as we ...  Read Full »

I have pain in my fingers and toes after doing exercise. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor,I have pain in my fingers and toes after doing exercise. I also have muscular pain and rash in my legs. Why so?Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I went through your reports (the attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I have gone through your reports and everything is normal except for a few changes. You have vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) deficiency and ANA (anti-nu...  Read Full »

My brother is injected with Benlysta. Will it cure lupus?

Query: Hi doctor, My 16-year-old brother has lupus and is currently receiving Benlysta (Belimubab) injections every 4 weeks. He does not have any other health issues. The doctor mentioned a potential change in dosage soon. I would like to understand if Benlysta is the right medication and when he might sta...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq. I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I understand your concern and will try to help you with it. Certainly, the medication, Benlysta (Belimubab), is indeed appropriate for conditions like lupus. It is possible that they are gradually tapering the dosa...  Read Full »

My husband has pancreas granulomas. Is it autoimmune?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is 31 years old and has severe anxiety. He was told that granulomas were found on his pancreas and possibly his lungs. They believe it is due to some sort of an autoimmune disorder. Is there anything that can be done to prolong his life? Should we be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Patil Pratik Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to An autoimmune disorder does not necessarily mean his life will be shortened. There arenumerous types of autoimmune diseases which are pathologically neutral and do not endanger life. So, please see a rheumatologist and get him investigated. Regards.   Read Full »

Can I use a face wash for acne if I take steroids for lupus?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a lot of pimples erupting recently, and I noticed a burn on my face below my mouth after I tried using a facial cleanser. Also, I have lupus, and I take steroids for the same. This is the first time that I have noticed a lot of pimples on my face. What to do?Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. According to your history and the image, it appears like allergic contact dermatitis (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). They appear as red, inflamed areas with scaling, dryness, and exfoliation...  Read Full »

Shall I proceed with the scheduled cardiac catheterization?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 29 year old. I have a past medical history of lupus, Raynaud's phenomenon, and migraines. Since being diagnosed with lupus, I have been having difficulty breathing and it was found that I have tachycardia which the doctor is treating me with Metoprolol. Metoprolol helps with shor...  Read Full »

Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello doctor, I understand your problem. You have done a series of tests about your disease. Reports are inconclusive. You have to undergo a right heart catheterization. Based on the results further course of treatment may be initiated. Till then you continue the treatment as suggested by your loca...  Read Full »

I have an enlarged lymph node with a low fever. I am scared.

Query: Hi doctor, I have enlarged lymph nodes on the side of my neck and experienced a low fever on and off for four days. I tested positive for ANA (Antinuclear antibody) 1:16, speckled pattern. No sign of abnormality in my chest X-ray result. I do not have any other symptoms, such as skin rash or muscle ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. When actually in large lymph nodes, it can be due to infection. Bacterial infection can lead to such swollen lymph nodes. But at the same time, positive ANA (Antinuclear antibody) indicates for them, so there might...  Read Full »

Does my report say that I have vasculitis and if so, am I at COVID risk?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 53-year-old female, and I was diagnosed with lupus more than 15 years ago. It was considered mild, with the main problems being light sensitivity, fatigue, muscle aches, and occasional mouth ulcers. I was tested positive for ANA and was negative for all other autoantibodies, and th...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohamad Ali Rida

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have absolutely no risk for vasculitis (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). These tests are for a very rare type of vasculitis, and fortunately, they are negative. Concerning your lupus, it was mild, and it is expected that the disease goes into...  Read Full »

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