When you’re living with lupus, you want an experienced doctor with advanced training in rheumatology to help manage your condition. At Kaplan MacLean Rheumatology in Encinitas, California, Natalie MacLean, MD, provides innovative and compassionate care for men and women living with lupus and other autoimmune disorders. For more information on managing rheumatoid diseases such as lupus, call Kaplan MacLean Rheumatology or schedule an appointment online today.
Lupus is a rheumatic disease that occurs when your immune system attacks your organs and tissues. This autoimmune disease can impact different areas of your body, including your:
In most cases, the cause of this autoimmune system malfunction is unknown, but genetics can play a role. Additional lupus triggers include exposure to sunlight, developing an infection, or taking certain kinds of medication. Most people who develop lupus from medication find relief after they stop using these drugs.
Lupus causes a variety of symptoms that vary in severity depending on the individual, including:
Some people with lupus also have Raynaud’s phenomenon. When you have this condition, your toes and fingers turn blue or white during stressful periods or when exposed to cold.
Lupus is more common in women, and most people receive a diagnosis between 15-45 years of age. Your chances of developing this condition are also higher if you’re Hispanic, African-American, or Asian-American.
Lupus can be difficult to diagnose, but Dr. MacLean is a talented rheumatologist with advanced training in autoimmune diseases. To reach a lupus diagnosis, she closely reviews your symptoms, performs a comprehensive physical, and runs a combination of blood, urine, and digital imaging tests.
There isn’t a cure for lupus, but Dr. MacLean can help manage your condition and reduce your symptom flare-ups. After reaching a diagnosis, she creates a personalized approach for treatment based on your unique situation that might include:
Because lupus is a chronic condition, Dr. MacLean also recommends adopting stress relieving strategies and methods to support your mental health and reduce your risk of related mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety.
For more information on lupus, call Kaplan MacLean Rheumatology or schedule an appointment online today.