Lupus Specialist

Alfredo Sardinas Jr., MD PA -  - Rheumatologist

Alfredo Sardinas Jr., MD PA

Rheumatologist located in The Heights, Houston, TX

Around 1.5 million people in the United States live with lupus, a complex autoimmune disease, causing an array of symptoms from tissue damage throughout your body. Rheumatologist Alfredo Sardinas Jr., MD PA, works hard to control the damage and help you live comfortably with the condition. To learn about available treatments for lupus, call his office in Houston, Texas, or book an appointment online today.

Lupus Q & A

What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that develops when your immune system attacks your body’s cells and tissues. This causes inflammation in various regions, which differ among patients with the disease. 

Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because the inflammation in various areas mimics inflammation from other diseases and conditions. It affects more women than men, but it isn’t contagious at all. There are several different types of lupus -- the most common is called systemic lupus erythematosus. 

Systemic lupus erythematosus impacts many areas throughout your body. While you experience intermittent flare-ups where your symptoms are at their worst, you might also go through periods of remission. This is common with autoimmune diseases.

What are the signs and symptoms of lupus?

Lupus causes a wide range of signs and symptoms, depending on the parts of your body where it is active. One of the most common symptoms among people with lupus is a butterfly-shaped rash across your face that looks similar to rosacea. However, not all people with lupus get this rash. Your other signs and symptoms might include:

  • Frequent fevers
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Skin lesions
  • Breathing problems

If you experience symptoms like these consistently, especially if they affect your general wellbeing or quality of life, you should book an appointment with Dr. Sardinas for an evaluation. 

While there isn’t a single test to definitively diagnose lupus, he might perform a series of tests alongside a physical exam to rule out other conditions or find blood characteristics linked to lupus.

What are my treatment options for lupus?

To treat you for lupus, Dr. Sardinas assesses your unique signs and symptoms. Treatment aims to relieve the signs and symptoms since lupus has no official cure. With a successful individualized treatment plan, you can live comfortably and avoid complications like infections, neurological issues, and cardiovascular issues. 

Your individualized lupus treatment plan from Dr. Sardinas might involve one or more of the following:

  • Corticosteroids 
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Biologics
  • Nutritional supplements 
  • Regular visits to Dr. Sardinas for evaluation
  • Lifestyle changes (smoking cessation, a healthy diet)

Dr. Sardinas informs you of the specific benefits, and potential side effects of each treatment or medication recommended for your lupus. With careful evaluation, he can make adjustments to your treatment plan if necessary.

To learn more about lupus and how various treatments can ease your symptoms, call Alfredo Sardinas Jr MD PA, or book an appointment online today.