Q: What is the best treatment for lupus?
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating lupus. As there is no cure currently for the disease, all medical treatments are geared towards managing lupus symptoms to help you live more comfortably with the condition.
A combination approach is usually used tailored to the individual patient and the severity of their symptoms. You may be treated with anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and steroid injections, creams or tablets, rituximab, belimumab, and hydroxychloroquine to manage other symptoms such as fatigue, skin rashes, joint pain and kidney issues.
Q: Who is the best lupus specialist in London?
Dr Naveen Bhadauria is considered one of the leading rheumatologists in the country. He practices as a substantive NHS Consultant Rheumatologist at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. He holds private practices running from the prestigious and world-renowned clinic rooms of 9 Harley Street and Spire London East, and BMI Cavell.
Dr Bhadauria specialises in diagnosing and long-term care of patients with all aspects of rheumatoid inflammatory conditions and connective tissue diseases, such as lupus.
Q: Does a rheumatologist treat lupus?
Most people think that a rheumatologist would treat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. They do but go through years of medical training to diagnose and treat diseases of the muscles and bones and autoimmune disorders, such as lupus.
A rheumatologist can diagnose and treat many diseases that involve multiple organ systems and complex differential diagnoses. They are trained to detect and diagnose the cause of inflammation and pain. It is not uncommon for your rheumatologist to work alongside other physicians and medical professionals to help you manage your condition for lupus patients.
Q: What are lupus symptoms?
Lupus sufferers can experience many different wide-ranging symptoms, but because other conditions can show the same symptoms, it is important to be correctly diagnosed by a specialist such as Dr Bhadauria.
In general, to be diagnosed with lupus you may need to be experiencing four or more of the following symptoms:
- Arthritis affecting two or more joints
- Low levels of haemoglobin, white cells and/or platelets
- Neurological symptoms such as seizures or psychosis
- Recurring ulcers within the mouth or nose
- Red patches of skin with scaling
- Renal inflammation of the kidneys called the glomerulus
- Serositis: Inflammation of the membranes that line the lungs or heart
- Skin rash over cheeks
- Skin very sensitive to sunlight