Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
After you call 911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
Call a doctor immediately if you:
Call a doctor as soon as possible if you develop any new symptoms of lupus. Also call your doctor if any symptoms that you have had for a period of time get worse.
If you have not been diagnosed with lupus and you have symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, or skin rashes, see your doctor or tell your doctor about your concerns at your next medical appointment.
Who to see
To evaluate initial symptoms and treat mild lupus, you can talk with:
For long-term management of complicated lupus, talk with:
For more complicated cases of lupus, a rheumatologist is usually the primary doctor. Other specialists are consulted as needed.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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