Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can cause pleuritis (inflammation of the membrane that covers the lungs), associated or not with pleural effusion (fluid in the pulmonary membrane); pneumonitis (inflammation with subsequent scarring of the lungs); pulmonary hypertension (elevation of pressure in the pulmonary arteries above the normal level).
What can I do to prevent lung infections?
Have good hygiene that includes the correct and frequent hand washing, as well as annual vaccination against influenza and every 5 years against pneumonia. Stay away from people with respiratory diseases.
I have difficulty breathing due to the presence of fluid in the membrane that covers the lungs. Will I breathe normally again?
After treatment of the SLE outbreak, in most people who have fluid in the membrane covering the lungs this will resolve without leaving sequelae. Sometimes there is residual pain that decreases progressively. Respiratory physical therapy and pain relievers help resolve residual pain from pleuritis.
Can I do exercise?
Moderate exercises (running, swimming) help better lung function, allow muscle oxygenation and improve overall health. Talk to your doctor about what types of exercises will help you and when you can start them.