Can you help me, my daughter (14) has SLE. Being a young girl she is interested in tattoos (permanent) and piercings (just upper ear). I understand there are age limits particularly for tattoos, but my question is whether permanent tattoos and piercings are out of the question because of lupus..
In general these are safe. Some years ago there was a controversial research paper that suggested that hair dyes caused lupus. However, subsequent studies have not confirmed this. Some patients with both discoid and SLE may be allergic to dyes and chemicals and should be aware of a possible reaction.
If you have active discoid lesions on your scalp, or you are suffering from hair loss as a result of lupus, I would be cautious about using hair dyes. Chemicals in the dye can act as irritants, (although nothing has been proven to link them with lupus), further damaging your hair follicles. Your hairdresser may be able to advise on what product may be safe for you to use.
My daughter who is 19, was diagnosed with lupus a few months ago. I am having a problem getting her to look after herself ie not drinking too much alcohol. Her kidneys have been affected and she has been undergoing some aggressive steroid treatment. Do you think that the alcohol will do her kidneys any harm or cause a lupus flare...
Yes, there is no evidence that botox injections have an adverse effect on lupus. However, the physician administering the botox should be aware of your diagnosis and also what drugs you are taking.
As far as I am aware the risks of corrective eye surgery are not increased by having lupus. However, many lupus patients have dry eyes and this may affect the outcome of surgery. You should discuss the diagnosis and treatment carefully with your ophthalmologist.
There is some evidence that 'leaky gut' is associated with diseases such as Ankylosis Spondylitis and Reactive Arthritis. At present there is little evidence of a similar phenomenon in lupus.
There should not be any problem for lupus patients undergoing colonic irrigation. However, if you have other bowel problems these should be mentioned to the person performing the colonic irrigation.
Having an existing medical condition does not necessarily prevent a person from becoming an organ or tissue donor. In the event of death, clinicians, taking account of that persons medical history, will make a decision about whether some or all organs or tissues are suitable for transplant...
Desperate measures for a desperate disease. Not used in our clinic. Rituximab is the preferred treatment.
No, not as far as I know
No, but sweet potatoes are preferable as they have a low GI (glycaemic index) and we recommend the Low GI diet to patients. It was clinically trialled at our unit and the effects on patients were very beneficial. See our diet article for more information.
I am due to give birth in two weeks and am anti-ro positive (I have lupus/Sjögren’s with mild joint/fatigue symptoms, Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and Graves Eye Disease). I am concerned that breastfeeding whilst passing on my 'good' antibodies, might also pass on my bad antibodies. Is it possible to pass on anti-ro through breast milk?
There are no lupus adverse reactions to mercury fillings.
Dr Hugh McGrath has written a book on the subject with evidence of improvement.
The umbilical cord is a source of stem cells used for stem cell transplants. The 10% fatality rate in this treatment makes it too risky for patients to undergo.
Fungal infections of the nails are not uncommon in lupus. This can be as a result of a compromised immune system, and they also can occur as a side-effect of the drugs the patient may be taking. Specific antifungal treatment is indicated as treatment.
There is no real reason why you cannot have semi-permanent make-up applied. The risk to your health would be if you suffer from skin manifestations associated to your lupus. It may be advisable to have a skin test first to see if you react.
This is a difficult question to answer. Saline implants are probably fine, but he is still wary of silicone implants even though the Department of Health said officially that there is no link with lupus disorders. It remains to be seen whether the PIP implants may be associated with SLE or scleroderma as they used non-medical grade silicone.
Cataract surgery results in lupus patients is usually excellent. You should obviously tell your surgeon what drugs you are taking particularly if you are on anticoagulants. Otherwise this is a low risk procedure.