Lupus, which makes the body attack itself, can cause very painful and frustrating symptoms, such as fatigue and pain. Dr. Kimberly L. Bolling is highly experienced at diagnosing and treating lupus, and she can help you get the relief you need at her self-titled practice in Bowie, Maryland. For expert care, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune illness that causes your body to attack itself. If you have lupus, your body produces autoantibodies that destroy both healthy and damaged body tissue. Lupus can affect nearly every part of your body, causing symptoms that may include:
Usually, symptoms occur in sporadic flare-ups followed by remissions. Then the symptoms usually cycle back at some point.
You may be at risk for lupus if you're in any of the following groups.
Many patients who live with lupus have more than one of these risk factors, but in rare cases, it's possible to develop lupus with no common risk factors.
Flare-ups are one of the most difficult parts of managing lupus. Although you can't always predict when the next flare-up will come, you may be able to minimize the number of flare-ups you have with the help of Dr. Bolling. She may recommend lifestyle changes to reduce the possibility of getting flare-ups, including:
In addition to taking steps to avoid flare-ups, Dr. Bolling may prescribe medications.
There are several kinds of medications that can help with lupus. These include:
Dr. Bolling will customize a treatment plan based on your specific lupus symptoms.
Don't let lupus keep you from living life to its fullest. Book appointment with Dr. Kimberly L. Bolling online or over the phone today.