In people with SLE, lupus sore throat is a common experience. People with lupus are very susceptible to infection; there are two reasons for this. The first is that lupus directly affects a person’s immune system and reduces the person’s ability to prevent and fight infection. The second is that the drugs that are use to treat the disease often suppress the immune system and leave that person more prone to infection.
Cases of lupus and sore throat are easily treated, if treatment is sought out quickly. People with a lupus sore throat should go see their doctor because this is could be an indicator of a flare. Also, it could be an indicator of strep throat. Strep throat is generally not very serious and can be treated easily with oral antibiotics. If it is left untreated, however, it can spread to the sinuses, skin, blood, or kidneys. It could also cause rheumatic fever; this is a serious condition that affects the heart.
Sore Throat and Lupus Problems
Sore throat lupus problems can be frequent and it is hard to see your doctor for every little thing. One reason that lupus sore throat happens so often is because of inflammation in the lupus membranes, plus fever is typical and may also be present. Careful evaluation for strep and viral illnesses is important and should be taken seriously by lupus patients. It is simply imperative to know for sure that it is not an infection that is causing the sore throat (Arthritis-treatment-and-relief.com, 2004).
There are other reasons, besides bacteria or viral infections, of why lupus patients should visit a doctor if they have a sore throat. These are:
Apthous mouth ulcers often occur during a flare and may cause pain of a sore throat.
There may be an overgrown of Candida (a parasitic fungus) that may need to be treated with anti-fungal medication.
Immunosuppressive drugs may be causing it, as this is often a side effect of these medications.
Coronary artery problems could exist. Angina will often present throat pain, so patients with a lupus sore throat may actually need a cardiac assessment.
Lupus patients can be at risk of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an autoimmune thyroid condition). Sore throats in lupus can often be a symptom of this.
Aside from seeing your doctor, if you have a sore throat and lupus make sure and get plenty of rest and eliminate as much stress as possible. A balance diet and little exercise will also help in allowing your body to heal itself. Finally, be sure to stay out of sunlight because this may make an oncoming flare up worse.