Re: Bronchitis/sinusitis- Lupus Related?
Others can help me out here, but I don't think it is the lupus itself that weakens the immune system, but the drug treatments we take to treat lupus that suppress the immune system to varying degrees that leave us vulnerable to infections and other immune system-related conditions. To have untreated lupus is to have an over-active immune system, is that not right? It is only after you begin treatment that you tend to get more infections. Then you take the drugs that suppress (steroids/chemo drugs) or alter (plaquenil, others) your immune system, which then makes you vulnerable to infections and such. Not that you couldn't be getting too many infections before being diagnosed or treated for lupus, but maybe that just means that they weren't necessarily related to lupus at that time. Am I just screwed up with this?
I don't have asthma, but it is my understanding that it is an immune/allergic disorder that results from inflammed brochial passages that constrict and that it is treated with some of the same drugs (steroids) that lupus is. I have no personal knowledge of this, but it would seem logical that any systemic drugs, including plaqenil, taken to reduce inflammation would help out with stuff like asthma, but that could be wrong. But, they might make you more susceptible to stuff like bronchitis or sinus infections by making it easier for bacterial infections to take hold in your body.