Ask HER: Symptoms of Lupus, Reccurring UTIs & When Should You Get the Flu Shot?
October 15, 2015•9 min
Listen in as Pam and Michelle answer your personal health questions.Listen in as Pam and Michelle answer your personal health questions.It's YOUR time on HER Radio. Be a part of the show... send your comments and ask your questions by email, AskHER@radiomd.com. It's time to Ask HER. Today, on HER Radio you wanted to know:What are symptoms of lupus?Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where your body's immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues, and as a result damages your skin, joints and organs.According to the Lupus Foundation of America, it is estimated that 1.5 million Americans and at least five million individuals worldwide have a form of Lupus.There are many unpleasant symptoms associated with Lupus, the most common being joint pain and stiffness, muscle aches, weakness, fatigue, a butterfly-shaped rash across the nose and cheeks, other skin rashes, weight loss or weight gain, and anemia.What should I do if I keep getting UTIs all the time?Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), is a bacterial infection that happens when there's too much bacteria in your urinary tract system. UTIs are not that serious, but they may cause some uncomfortable symptoms like a constant urge to go to the bathroom, burning while urinating, inability to fully empty your bladder, and soreness in your abdomen.If you keep getting UTI's, you might not be responding to treatments. In this case, your doctor might prescribe a higher dose of antibiotics for long-term use. When should we get the flu shot to be prepared for flu season?Cold and flu season starts as early as October and lasts until as late as February.You can get the flu vaccine anytime, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you get the flu shot as early as you can, preferably before October.If you have a personal health question you want answered, Pam and Michelle encourage you to send them in to AskHER@radiomd.com.