Chronic exposure to staph bacteria could be a risk factor for lupus, according to a recent article from ScienceDaily.com. This discovery about lupus and bacteria occurred in a Mayo Clinic study where mice were exposed to low doses of a protein found in staph. The mice developed a lupus like disease, with kidney disease and autoantibodies like those found in lupus patients, according to a website.

These lupus bacteria findings were published in The Journal of Immunology. The next step, the article states, is to find out if this staph protein plays a similar role in humans. Another important question is whether or not eradicating staph in people who are at risk for lupus can help prevent it from forming. Former research has shown that staph bacteria have also been linked to other autoimmune disease such as Kawasaki disease and psoriasis.

 

Lupus Bacteria Susceptibility

 

People that have lupus are more susceptible to bacteria because of the medications that they take and because of the disease itself. Also, when a lupus patient gets an infection they usually have more serious symptoms and take longer to heal. Therefore, it is important that people that have lupus take precautions against becoming sick as much as possible.

Lupus health experts recommend that people with lupus take antibiotics before any surgical or dental procedure. Lupus patients should also try their best to minimize their exposure to colds, flu, and other types of infections. It has also been found that antibiotics like penicillin and septrin can make lupus worse.

It used to be thought that immunizations were dangerous to lupus patients and should be avoided by them. However, now it is known that live vaccines carry very little risk and dead vaccines are safe. In fact, the risks involved in getting an infection are much greater than the risks of getting immunized. However, one should discuss getting a vaccine with their doctor beforehand.

Distinguishing between lupus and infections can be quite difficult. Decrease energy levels and fever have been associated with both infections and lupus flares. If you have no other symptoms aside from these, it is best to go to your doctor and find the source of the problem. A simple blood test, like a white cell count can help to distinguish the two. Lupus and bacteria such as salmonella can be very dangerous to your health and hard to overcome, therefore you should always report symptoms of a possible infection to your doctor.