Lupus and other Collagen Vascular Disorders

Lupus can cause disease of the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and nervous system. When only the skin is involved, the condition is called discoid lupus. When internal organs are involved, the condition is called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Up to 10% of persons with discoid lupus (lupus limited to the skin) eventually develop the systemic form of lupus known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Symptoms

SLE’s symptoms vary but have been known to include fatigue, joint pain, rash and/or fever. Sufferers may experience flare-ups followed by periods of improvement. Pain may be in the muscles or chest, and there may be dryness or ulcers in the mouth. SLE can also cause red, scaly rashes and hair loss.

Who Gets It?

SLE is eight times more common in women than in men.

What Causes It?

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory condition caused by an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Patients with lupus have unusual antibodies in their blood that are targeted against their own body tissues. The causes of SLE are unknown. However, heredity, viruses, ultraviolet light, and drugs may all play a role.

Treatment Options

While there is no cure for lupus, the treatment of SLE is directed toward improving quality of life by decreasing inflammation and/or the level of autoimmune activity. People with SLE can help prevent “flares” of disease by avoiding sun exposure and by not abruptly discontinuing medications.

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Zephyrhills, FL 33540
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Weston, FL 33331
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1295 Jacaranda Blvd.
Venice Health Park Venice, FL 34292
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Tampa Palms 
15310 Amberly Drive Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33647
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Sun City Center 
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Sun City Center, FL 33573
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Sarasota 
2426 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
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Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
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9015 US Hwy 301 N
Parrish, FL 34219
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North Port – Commons 
14840 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
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3105 Bobcat Village Center Rd
North Port, FL 34288
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Naples – Health Park 
11181 Health Park Blvd., Suite 2280
Naples, FL 34110
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261 9th St South
Naples, FL 34102
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North Naples, FL 34102
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Naples, FL 34109
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3659 South Miami Ave, Suite 6008
Miami, FL 33133
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3659 South Miami Ave, Suite 6006
Miami, FL 33133
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Marco Island, FL 34145
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Hialeah, FL 33016
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Fort Myers – West 
9400 Gladiolus Drive, Suite 320
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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7331 Gladiolus Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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13641 Metropolis Ave, Suite 102
Fort Myers, FL 33912
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Fort Myers – The Forum 
3268 Forum Blvd. Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33905
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2621 Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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Clearwater 
1122 Druid Rd E
Clearwater, FL 33756
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Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Bonita Springs, FL 34134
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
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