If you have found this post, you may be searching for a work from home job while living with a chronic illness. If you are looking for a position that allows remote work, this Customer Service Representative with Asurion may be exactly what you are looking for!
Customer Care Representative
Both English AND English/Spanish Bilingual Opportunities Available
As a Customer Care Rep, you will maintain exceptional customer service while providing remote support for customers’ inquiries about lost or damaged devices and resolve customer issues in a timely manner to get them back online in this fast-moving, tech-driven world!
What they require:
High school diploma or GED
Flexibility to work all shifts as required (including evenings, weekends, or holidays)
6 months of previous customer service experience
Technical aptitude to pass our readiness assessment
Willing to submit and pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug screen
Call center experience is welcomed but not required
What skills/interests are needed?
Patience and exceptional listening skills
Dedication to troubleshooting problems and finding a resolution
Confidence in multitasking
“Challenge accepted” attitude
A want to put the customer first
Work from home requirements:
Must be able to provide a distraction free environment
Must have a computer with Windows 7 or greater
High Speed Internet Service
Landline Phone Service
20 Days of Lupus Inspiration for 2020
It’s hard to believe that in a few days it will be 2020. It seems like such a futuristic date, but here we are lol. I am not sure about you, but 2019 was nothing I had envisioned it to be at the end of 2018. I have found myself recently thinking about all of the resolutions I had planned for 2019 and how it seems that pretty much everything BUT those resolutions happened this year. Ugh…ever have those kinda days…weeks…or years??
It is frustrating to feel as though we have not really accomplished the things that we had intended. As a chronic illness warrior, I am sure many of you may be able to relate to that. I feel a lack of control and devastation that I can not do everything that my mind wants to do! I have so many goals and hopes and dreams and the list goes on…
And here we are at the end of another year. I felt the urge to make some resolutions for 2020, but then I decided against it.
Instead, I’m making 20 inspirational days for 2020. I am going to spend the first 20 days of the year journaling inspiration. I am going to have 20 quotes and/or words as the topic for each day and I will journal how they fit into my crazy lupus life.
I will be updating my blog each day with my posts. I feel instead of coming up with resolutions of things I need or want to change, why not inspire my mind instead? I will update this post each day, so feel free to bookmark this page so you can find it easily each day. Or better yet, why not join this Lupus Lyfe Inspo Challenge with me?
If I am able to keep myself mentally inspired to live the best life I can in 2020, I feel like I will be better equipped to deal with anything that comes my way in the New Year. I am hoping to gain some self-reflection and self-correction on this journey.
When you struggle mentally and physically, it can definitely take a toll on your whole self. I think it’s important to not always focus on the negative, the things we didn’t accomplish, or what we could do better. I believe that when we focus on the things we are doing in this moment, the goals we accomplish each day, and the good that surrounds us we can move mountains within ourselves.
Here’s to a great year lupus warriors!
Holidays with Lupus and Trigeminal Neuralgia Flares
If you have followed my blog for a while, you probably are aware that I also suffer from bilateral trigeminal neuralgia and atypical face pain as well. I have been for fortunate with all of my health related issues in 2019, that the trigeminal neuralgia didn’t really flare too much this year. So, naturally, my body decides to celebrate the holidays with lupus and a trigeminal neuralgia flare.
I figured I was definitely experiencing the beginning of a lupus flare this last week. My joint and muscle pain was raging. I noticed my hair was falling out and was literally everywhere. My poor husband always seems to have long blonde hairs on his clothes and even his beard. While he always laughs it off as he pulls each strand off, I can’t help but feel embarassed by it still after these last few years of dealing with it. It seriously gets everywhere!
I awoke a few days ago to a giant lupus mouth sore in the roof of my mouth. If you are one of the unfortunately lupus patients who deal with mouth and nasal sores, you probably understand that whole frustration in itself. It hurts to eat anything. I have tried chewing on the opposite side of my mouth, but food still seems to hit it and it hurts so badly!
Last time I got them, I was prescribed a “Magic Mouthwash” concoction and it helped to numb out the pain pretty well, but I am out of it. I have been using Oragel to help numb the mouth ulcer and the teeth surrounding it because my nerve pain is extending into my teeth and ear at the moment. The Oragel does help temporarily but I have to reapply it often.
While that helps the pain in my mouth, the pain in my head and face was getting to be too much. I ended up going to urgent care yesterday. I was prescribed a prednisone taper and given a shot of toradol. Thankfully, the shot helped ease the extreme pain but by this morning, I could still feel the ache still lingering and nerve pain in my top teeth and jaw on that side. So I am hoping this taper of steroids helps stop both of my flares right now.
As I write this, it’s Christmas Eve morning. The holidays are usually stressful enough without us having to deal with health related issues, but when you have a chronic illness that stress can seem to double. I have about a million to-do things on my list, but here I am blogging to the people who understand me most instead.
Life gets hard sometimes…really hard.
The holidays can be a difficult time for many of us and I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell my readers thank you. Celebrating the holidays with lupus is a trying time for many of us. This blog has become my outlet for when I am feeling bad and the messages and emails I get from other lupus warriors are incredibly inspiring and appreciated. There have been times I have wanted to quit blogging or sharing my personal experiences with lupus and my many other health issues, but then I always get a message or an email that inspires me to continue. Messages from people who like me, are simply out here trying to live beyond lupus. Messages from people who are newly diagnosed or are scared they may have lupus.
These messages remind me of why I love my blog so much to begin with. It’s an outlet. An outlet that I normally wouldn’t have. A place that I can share what I am going through and hope that I help inspire even one person to keep fighting, even for that one day. I am a [somewhat] normal person, just a normal person fighting a battle from within my own body.
Even those who appear strong or have it all together are usually fighting a battle that many of us may never know or understand.
So, today I am going to count my blessings. The ones that may be masked behind my incredible pain and fatigue on this glorious Christmas Eve morning. I am going to thank God, the Universe, my doctors, my family and friends, my blog readers, my incredible body, and my even stronger mind. I thank them all for keeping me afloat when many days this year, I thought I would drown. Today, if only for today, I remain hopeful that life will indeed go on. A life worth living and a life worth celebrating.
So Merry Christmas Eve to my fellow lupus warriors. If you are like me and are celebrating the holidays with lupus, may you feel the magic of this beautiful day and see the beginnings of a new year filled with hope, strength, and good health.
Lupus and Kidney Cancer
I haven’t been really active on my blog in the last few months and that makes me sad. I had to take a break due to my health and trying to juggle working and taking care of my family as well.If you have been following my story, you may know that I have had a chronically high white blood count for the last couple of years. Low white blood counts are usually associated with lupus and the fact that I was having a HIGH count was puzzling, even for my rheumatologist. So imagine my shock when I was diagnosed with lupus AND kidney cancer.
I also for the same length of time had been having chronic blood in my urine. Of course my rheumy was checking my urine every 3 months at my visits, so they were definitely watching it closely. About 2 years ago I had been referred to a urologist to try and find the cause of the microscopic blood in my urine. He inspected my urinary tract with a camera and ran some scans on my kidneys. The found a kidney stone in my left kidney. I had never had a kidney stone in my life but it was not bothering me, so they left it.
Last years the stone finally made its way out and I made my way to being admitted into the hospital for a few days because of a bad kidney infection as well. That was a horrible experience and I now understand what people mean when they talk about kidney stone pain. I figured that would be the end of the blood in my urine…I was wrong.
In the spring of last year, I was referred to hematology in regards to my chronic leukocytosis. At this time, my WBC (specifically my neutrophils) were around 17,000 and would drop and rise, but was always considered in the high range.
They ran many tests checking for various things including cancer. It all came back negative and relatively normal…except for my white blood count. Flash forward a year later and my rheumatologist is concerned because I was still experiencing a high WBC. Recently, my WBC has gone up to around 23,000. So my rheumatologist referred me again to the hematologist. This time I saw a different doctor who was amazing. She listened to my issues (which are plentiful lol) and I told her I just was not sure what was going on…but something was because I felt so bad the last year.
She ran more tests and while some counts were off, most tests came back negative. She told me she wanted to run a CT scan of my chest, abdomen, and pelvis to at least rule out anything major. I went and had my CT scan with contrast. I had to drink a contrast before I had the scan.
Once the results came back, I was pretty shocked. She told me that the scans showed I had pneumonia which I didn’t even know I had. I took a course of antibiotics and am happy to say that it went away but I have had wheezing and breathing issues and am seeing a lung doctor at the end of this month.
Then they discover that I have a 3cm complex cyst on my ovary. Luckily, after 2 ultrasounds they were able to distinguish it as a simple ovarian cyst and that it would go away on its own.
Then they found a 2cm mass on my right kidney. On the report, it said “Can not exclude malignancy”. This terrified me. My hematologist then referred me a uro-oncologist. Once I met with him, he explained my scan results in detail and even showed me the mass. He told me that they were around 90-95 % sure it was cancerous from the scans alone, but the only way to know for sure was to take it out and wait for pathology.
At 32 years old, that’s not something you really expect to hear. My maternal grandmother passed way from kidney cancer when she was in her 40s. She was diagnosed in the early 90s and I was around 5 years old. So the fact that I had a family history made my doctor that more suspicious. He explained the possibility of it being a benign tumor but that in his opinion it needed to go either way. There are many reports online that indicate many doctors do not perform biopsies on kidney tumors because of the risk that it could seed and spread the cancer cells. Biopsy was never discussed in my case, so I am unsure of anything related to a kidney biopsy.
Kidney cancer is in the top 10 most common cancers in men and women.
At that first appointment, he scheduled me for a partial nephrectomy. He explained that do to it’s close proximity to a vein in my kidney that when they went in for surgery, they may end up having to take the whole kidney instead of a part of it. They also mentioned they may end up having to do a full open procedure because I had previously had my gallbladder removed as well.
My surgery date was scheduled for 6 weeks later and I was extremely nervous. I have had surgery plenty of times in the past, but this one terrified me. I was unsure what I would even wake up to and the wait for my pathology report to show if it was indeed cancerous.
The surgery itself lasted around 3 hours. Of course I was completely put to sleep for the procedure. I will not lie when I say it was a pretty rough recovery. I honestly feel like I underestimated the actual pain that I would have, due to my nerves being so frazzled because of the surgery itself. I slept sitting straight up for a week. I thankfully only had 6 small incisions spanning across the right side of my abdomen. Luckily, they only had to take a part of my kidney with the tumor. I was really concerned if I was left with one kidney due to having lupus and kidney cancer.
Pathology came back and I found out that I had Stage 1, Grade 2 Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma. Thankfully, it was only Stage 1 and that it was contained to my kidney itself. It had clear margins so they were able to get the cancerous cells completely out. I have never felt so lucky in my life. It has a small chance of recurring because it was caught early and because of the grade. I will have to get many scans in the next few years to keep monitoring to make sure that it does not come back.
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC) is a renal cortical tumor typically characterized by malignant epithelial cells with clear cytoplasm and a compact-alveolar (nested) or acinar growth pattern interspersed with intricate, arborizing vasculature.
The American Cancer Society estimated that about 73,820 new cases of kidney cancer (44,120 in men and 29,700 in women) will occur in 2019. It is believe that most people diagnosed with kidney cancer are around 64 years old. It is pretty uncommon in people under 45 years old, but being 32 years old, I can tell you it does happen.
Kidney cancer is in the top 10 most common cancers in men and women, although it is more common in men.
While having cancer was terrifying, I honestly couldn’t help but think what if I didn’t have lupus? I never would have been monitored the way that I am with my rheumatologist. It was not there a year ago when I had numerous scans on my kidneys for my kidney stone. I probably never would have pushed for any more scans, even though I constantly had flank pain in both of my kidneys. I feel thankful and so lucky to be able to still be here for my children.
Its been about 3 weeks since I had my surgery and am happy to report that I have healed up pretty nicely and am no longer dealing with any significant pain related to this kidney cancer surgery. I will be getting genetic testing done due to the fact of family history and my age. I have a follow up with my doctor soon and will know further about the scans I will start getting and where we will go from here. I will also be having a bone marrow biopsy soon to further research the cause of my high white blood count.
I was curious to see the statistics on those with lupus and kidney cancer. I wanted to know if there was any sort of link between the two or if it was purely genetic in my case or neither. I will definitely update you guys once I get my genetic testing. Anyone else have a history of lupus and kidney cancer?
6 Work from Home Call Center Jobs
One of the most common questions I receive from other chronic illness warriors (and even those not suffering from a long term disease) are how to find legitimate work from home jobs online. If you suffer from something like lupus or fibromyalgia, you may have found yourself searching for ways to earn income without having to leave your home.
I have successfully earned a somewhat steady income from working different positions online over the last 6 years. Suffering from lupus, fibromyalgia, and trigeminal neuralgia makes it difficult for me to work a full time position. When having to work outside of the home, I waste a lot of energy on just getting ready in the mornings. This is something that people who do not have a chronic illness will probably never understand. To me, this is energy spent that could have been used for my work or family.
There are many jobs that will consider remote workers, but many of them are contract or part time positions. There have been many times that I have had to work a couple different projects to bring home a decent amount of money. I always try to remember the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”.
If you have been struggling with your job or your job search and are considering working from home, you should definitely check out the legitimate positions below. These online jobs can help alleviate some of the stress that you may be experiencing.
Virtual Call Center Jobs
If you have any experience in customer service or secretarial positions, you may want to consider a remote call center job. Many businesses are hiring for call center jobs online, giving you the ability to make a decent wage from home. If the idea of helping others while lounging in your pajamas sounds like a dream come true, I would recommend researching the companies below who are hiring remote call center workers.
Arise Call Center Jobs:Arise Virtual Solutions allow you to be your own boss and work from home! They offer a flexible schedule that allows you to set your own hours and control when and where your work. This is extremely helpful for those suffering from an unpredictable disease like lupus or fibromyalgia. They work with many Fortune 500 brands and help you connect with these companies so that you can provide them with customer service services. Don’t worry, it’s not as confusing as it sounds. Plus, they provide state of the art training and help so that you can start earning money as soon as possible.
Cox Communications:Cox Communications is hiring for Call Center Customer Service Representatives for their Account Services Department. They are looking for people who live around certain cities, so make sure to check locations when applying. They state the primary responsibilities of their call center reps will be handling incoming calls from Cox Business and residential customers, delivering excellent customer service by asking questions, actively listening, building rapport, demonstrating respect, being informative and understanding their needs, requests or problems. This position focuses heavily on understanding the needs of customers, so Cox is asking for 1+ year experience working in a position that requires meeting sales goals and 1 – 2 year work experience in a customer service role (not specific to just Call Center). The great thing about this position is that it pays around $15 hour and they offer many benefits including Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits the first day!
American Express:American Express is currently hiring call center agents for their Virtual Platinum Customer Care Professional positions. These virtual American Express jobs are perfect for someone looking for an online job with a well respected company. They are looking for people with at least 2+ years in a customer service and consultative sales environment. While a Bachelor’s degree is preferred, it is not required.
Asurion:Asurion is hiring virtual Customer Care Representatives. As a Customer Care Rep, you will provide customer service and remote support for customers inquiries about lost or damaged devices and resolve customer issues. They are looking for people who have at least 6+ months of experience in customer service. Their pay for remote workers is around $11 hr.
Gametime:Gametime is hiring for Fan Happiness Associates. These virtual call center position entails helping Gametime customers with their ticket purchases. Their job description states that you will be communicating with Gametime customers via phone, email, chat, and text. This virtual call center job pays $15 hr
Teleperformance:Teleperformance employs thousands of people globally in a work-at-home environment giving our clients multiple options to address seasonal volume spikes, staffing flexibility, and a differentiated workforce. They are currently hiring for Customer Service Agents and some digging online shows they pay around $10-$11 hr.
Lupus Body Rash Update
Hello lupus warriors! If you have been following my blog, you may have seen that I have been dealing with chronic urticaria since October 2018. It is now June and I am currently experiencing another flare up of this dreadful lupus body rash. When it first appeared, I was told it was Shingles. After numerous visits with my healthcare providers, they believe they are hives of some sort.
This rash produces hive like lesions that sometimes break open (this seems to only happen when their are hive like spots on my hands). Sometimes they itch like crazy and other times they are just painful. I have had swelling beneath these hives and they are incredibly uncomfortable.
These lupus hives each last around 3-4 days and leave an area of discoloration on my skin after the hives have subsided. Over the past few months, I have had multiple outbreaks of these chronic urticaria and have had numerous tapers of Prednisone and also shots of steroids to help minimize the hives and swelling that I have experienced.
The steroids seem to help lessen the swelling and seems to help the hives go away a little quicker, but as soon as I am finished with my prescription, they start popping back up again!
I wish that I could say that I have found out a direct cause of these hives over the last 8 months, but unfortunately, I have not been given an answer to that just yet! Over the past few months, I have seen my PCP, urgent care, the ER, my allergist, and am currently scheduled for a second appointment with a dermatologist in a few days. All in regards to this lupus body rash.
My allergy doctor felt they were not related to my allergies (even though I do have many allergies and have had throughout my life). He felt that if they were allergic hives, they would not last as long as they do (4-5 days usually for each hive) or leave a discoloration on my skin either.
I have met with the dermatologist about 2 weeks ago during the worst outbreak of chronic urticaria I have had so far. He believes they may actually be related to either lupus itself or that my lupus has caused me to develop a stronger sensitivity to an allergy. He then gave me a shot of steroids and prescribed me 3 different medications that he believes could help.
He also took some blood work that he says will help us determine if these recurrent hives are due to lupus or allergies. I have not received the results of this lab work yet, but am hoping that he has some answers at my next appointment.
I have been taken these 3 medications for the past 2 weeks with hopes they would prevent these hives from appearing again. They are a variety of different histamine blockers. Unfortunately, they have not helped much. They also cause extreme drowsiness that is almost worse than the pain and itching I am getting from this body rash.
I bet most of you can understand the frustrations of not knowing a trigger or ‘why’ and the struggle to deal with side effects of medications. It seems to be a common thing when you have lupus and it sucks.
The medications I have been prescribed for my recurrent lupus urticaria include:
-Cyproheptadine 4mg 2x a day
-Hydroxyzine HCL 10mg 1x a night
-Cimetidine 200mg 2x a day
I will definitely update you guys once I go to my next appointment. I am hoping that we can find some answers as to what is causing these hives and if it has anything to do with lupus. I am including a number of pictures below of this rash. Sometimes, I break out in only one or two areas on my body. Other times, it can be over 20 different hives and swelling. I feel extremely fatigued, nauseated, and increased joint pain many times I have a larger outbreak.
The photos include various stages of these hives. Some are light and when they first begin to appear. Others are when the swelling is pretty bad. Some of the other pictures are marks that remain 2 weeks after the swelling has gone. I hope these pictures help someone else who may be going through something similar. I had some readers reach out to my by email and they are experiencing similar hives. Let me know if you have gone through something similar and have been able to find out what is causing them!
Turmeric Face Cream
If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I love turmeric products. Today, I want to tell you about my newest turmeric discovery- turmeric face creams. There are so many awesome benefits when it comes to using turmeric, but with lupus, I really applaud it’s anti-inflammatory abilities! Turmeric seriously makes a difference in my lupus joint pain and stiffness. So naturally, I am always looking for new turmeric supplements that I can incorporate into my wellness plan.
Recently, I discovered turmeric face masks I was amazed at how well these masks work to reduce redness on my face. As much as I love the turmeric masks, I still deal with dry skin in the winter.
I live in Ohio and if you have ever been to Ohio in the winter, you probably know exactly what I mean. I began looking for a turmeric face cream that could not only provide anti-inflammatory benefits, but one that could also nourish my dry skin.
You may have heard of the anti-inflammatory benefits lupus patients can get from ingesting turmeric, but did you ever think that turmeric may also help you to reduce inflammation on your face and replenish lost moisture when used as a turmeric face cream? Find my five favorite turmeric face creams below!
This turmeric face cream is a lightweight organic lotion that contains certified organic turmeric extract. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties that fight blemishes and help nourish your skin. This turmeric cream contains soothing certified organic aloe vera, rooibos tea, coconut oil and lavender.
Not only does this magic face cream contain turmeric, but it also is infused with jojoba oil, olive oil, Vitamin E and neem oil for extraordinary results.
This is a 15 oz sized of turmeric face cream and it is infused with Vitamin C as well. Created by Medix 5.5, their Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Cream provides your skin with a combination of anti-aging ingredients with natural antioxidants. The added Vitamin C in the face lotion helps promote even skin tone. Natural Ferulic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that targets sun damaged skin and of course, it contains turmeric to help fight inflammation on your face.
This nourishing turmeric face cream also contains other great natural ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera, and natural extracts such apple, sunflower, and rosemary for the ultimate in skin hydration.
This light-weight face lotion from Origin not only is saturated with turmeric, but also Hypsizygus Ulmarius, Cordyceps and Reishi Mushrooms, Ginger, and Holy Basil. This turmeric face cream is beneficial in providing your skin with hydration and reveals calmer and refreshed skin.
If you are looking for a light weight turmeric face cream, this lotion by Origin is a great choice. If you are looking for a thicker lotion, this is not the one to choose. This lotion is for people who have oily skin or a combination skin that does not require a thick layer of product. It provides a thin layer of moisture that helps to nourish your face and calm any redness you may be experiencing.
Now, if you are like me and are looking for the ultimate in moisture, this is the holy grail of turmeric face creams. I absolutely love this nourishing turmeric face cream from TULA Probiotic Skincare. Check out the reviews on Amazon and you will see that I’m not the only one who feels this way about their face cream! This turmeric moisturizer is whipped and extremely nourishing to dry skin. It is not too thick or greasy, so it can be worn under makeup or at night as a night cream.
This turmeric face cream has been clinically proven to soothe and reduce redness and the appearance of distressed skin, which is a plus if you suffer from redness on your face or if you suffer from lupus malar rash.
In addition to turmeric, this face cream also contains extracts of blueberry, watermelon, apple, and prickly pear. If you are looking for a turmeric face cream that has been clinically proven to reduce redness, TULA is the best to choose.
If you are looking for a high-end turmeric face cream, Priori Luxuriant may have just what you are looking for. This face lotion is infused with antioxidant-rich blend of turmeric root, green tea, grape seed, argan oil and olive leaf PLUS licorice root. This proprietary blend helps to brighten and nourish skin in an ultimate spa like experience at home. The active addition of turmeric root and antioxidant-rich botanicals in this face cream help reduce pigmentation and give a more even, illuminated skin complexion. This turmeric face cream is formulated with potent botanicals containing vitamins B, C, E, and infused with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, great for calming the skin. Great choice if you suffer from redness and rashes on your face.
You may also like these turmeric products:
Lupus Doctors in Alabama
If you currently reside in Alabama and are looking for a lupus specialist, please see our comprehensive list below. If you are currently seeing a lupus doctor in Alabama and have had great success with that doctor, please comment below and we can update our list. This list is intended to provide lupus patients with easy access to locating a lupus doctor in Alabama.
We try our best to update this list frequently, but please let us know if any corrections should be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RANA Rheumatologists in both our Huntsville and Florence locations are internal medicine specialists who have completed additional years of training and have sub-specialized in the care of patients with rheumatic diseases.
The practice was founded in 1976 and consists of six board-certified and highly trained physicians that treat rheumatologic diseases. The physicians of Rheumatology Associates are affiliated with St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham.
Baptist Health has partnered with UAB to bring the highest level of care to Central Alabama and the River Region. The UAB Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South joins nurses and staff from Baptist South with specially trained doctors from UAB to offer advanced care in many specialties, including rheumatology.
At Grandview Medical Group, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Our rheumatology services include the treatment of: Arthritis, Autoimmune diseases, Pain disorders affecting joints, Osteoporosis, Gout, Lupus, Tendinitis
Some of the most common conditions seen in her practice include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, osteoporosis, vasculitides, back disorders, joint disorders, and disorders of the connective tissue.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Lupus: Plantars Wart Natural Treatment
For many years, I heard and read about the amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar. I honestly felt it was one of those old- school home remedies and that it really could not do the things people on the internet said. Flash forward to 2019 and imagine my amazement when I realized the benefits apple cider vinegar had on various lupus issues.
When it comes to living with lupus, I have quickly realized that my body can become a medical mystery. Things that most people do not have an issue with, my immune system does thanks to lupus. I had an issue with a plantars wart on the bottom of my right foot about 2 years ago.
This plantars wart stayed for a long time due to lupus, even though I did not really understand that at first. The plantars wart was on the pad of my right foot and started out looking like a small callous. For a month or so it kept getting larger and then it began to hurt as well. It was just kind of an uncomfortable feeling at first, but that soon changed.
The larger the plantars wart got, I became to become a little worried. I went to the store and bought a can of the freezing wart remover. I was excited to get rid of this disgusting looking wart. I froze the wart according to the instructions on the back of the can. I waited…and waited. The plantars wart remained, unknowingly to me, because of my lupus.
Lupus has been known to cause the body to take much longer to fight off viruses and bacteria. The same viruses and bacteria that a person without lupus could fight off quickly.
Soon, the wart was beginning to grow larger and larger. It was almost the size of a quarter and I had begun to experience significant pain when walking, due to the pressure of the wart. I bought another can of wart remover and once again, tried to freeze it at home. Once again, this wart treatment failed for my lupus plantars wart.
I then went and bought a small jar of salicylic acid. I had read a few posts online about how the salicylic acid would work better at getting rid of my plantars wart than the frozen spray I had previously used. I applied salicylic acid to my wart a few times a week over the course of about a month.
It was working in the sense that it was definitely peeling layers of skin away from the wart, I had actually had a deep pit where it was! But once again, my lupus caused my body to not be able to fight the plantars wart effectively.
My doctor finally told me that I was most likely going to need to have the wart surgically removed because of it’s size and the fact that it was not able to be treated. I knew that if the wart itself hurt that bad to walk, I could only imagine the pain I would have once they dug it out in surgery.
I remember coming home and scanning Google for home remedies for plantars warts. I came across numerous articles and forum posts about people soaking their foot in organic apple cider vinegar for a few times and that their plantars wart vanished.
I had spent quite a lot of money and time attempting to remove this plantars wart with special treatments from the store. I really felt that there was not a legit way apple cider vinegar could remove my lupus plantars wart.
But hey, it was a lot cheaper than surgery….so I gave it a shot. I went to a local store and purchased a big bottle of organic apple cider vinegar. I soaked my foot for about 5 minutes 1x a day for a week straight. After a week of soaking my lupus wart in apple cider vinegar, I could not believe it! I could literally see the wart going away and new skin being formed.
At this moment, I truly believed that it was just coincidental and that the wart would still remain under the skin. But when I began to notice the pain literally disappear over the next week, I was truly astonished!
This cheap bottle of apple cider vinegar had done what my lupus body couldn’t, it cured my plantars wart! I now speak about the benefits of apple cider vinegar to anyone who will listen. I tell them that you can purchase it for so cheap, that it truly is worth a try.
If your lupus causes you to fight off plantars warts slowly, you may want to try soaking your foot in some organic apple cider vinegar. You may be surprised to see it starting to disappear soon after beginning this apple cider vinegar treatment.
Let me know if you have had any success using apple cider vinegar in your lupus wellness plan!
SPF Clothing for Lupus Warriors in 2020
Do you have lupus and struggle to get adequate SPF protection for the sun’s harmful rays? If you are like a majority of people who suffer from photosensitivity with your lupus, you probably already work hard to wear a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen daily. SPF clothing for lupus patients is extremely important, especially when it comes to preventing lupus flares.
But were you aware that you can actually buy SPF clothing that can help protect your lupus skin from the sun?
If you find your photosensitivity is causing your lupus to flare, you may want to consider purchasing some high quality clothing that offers great SPF protection. By eliminating the sun as a trigger, you may be able to better manage lupus flares.
We have created a list of some awesome SPF clothing that can help lupus warriors protect their skin.
These Vapor Apparel shirts are certified by the Skin Cancer Foundation as a UV protectant, with UPF 50+ solar protection built directly into the fibers of the fabric. These shirts come in a variety of colors that can help every lupus warrior feel and look great in their signature SPF clothing.
Even more interesting to note for lupus patients, is the fact that Vapor Apparel uses PURE-tech textiles, that make them more durable and easier to care for than many of the other clothing you may have. Amazingly, these SPF shirts are created using M-Shield zinc-based technology that helps them repel odor and can actually keep them free of bacteria and other microbes. If you are a lupus patient, you know that keeping bacteria at bay is an astonishing benefit to these SPF shirts.
OUR MISSION IS TO KEEP THE WORLD SAFE FROM SUN DAMAGE, TO PROTECT THOSE WITH A SUN-RELATED MEDICAL CONDITION AND TO PREVENT EVERYONE ELSE FROM DEVELOPING ONE.
They create their clothing based off a mission of protecting the world from the damaging rays of the sun and those with sun-related medical conditions. If you suffer from lupus, you know how detrimental the sun’s rays can be when trying to manage your lupus symptoms. Why not choose cute clothing from a company that’s literal mission is to protect it’s customers from the harmful rays of the sun?
If you are going on vacation and are worried about a lupus flareup from the sun, you should consider getting this awesome hiking shirt from Baleaf. This button up shirt is high quality and woven from 100% nylon fiber with UPF 50+ sun protection. What more could a lupus warrior ask for in sun protection? Baleaf Women’s Outdoor Hiking Shirt Sun Shirt wicks away moisture and dries quickly, making it the ultimate active travel shirt for any lupus warrior.
Perfect for the active lupus babe, this super cute SPF 50+ Wrap Skirt is sure to become your favorite new skirt! Multi-functional and versatile, this skirt can take you from a morning walk to a day on the town. What is even more awesome besides it’s super sun protection, is the fact that each skirt is considered a one size fits all. If you suffer from weight loss and weight gain from lupus flares, this is a perfect choice for you. Another reason we love Bold Babe, is the fact they literally hand make every SPF clothing product in Denver, Colorado!
This Rash Guard Compression Shirt is an amazing choice for lupus sufferers who are in need of a high quality shirt that provides the ultimate protection from the sun. This UV 50 shirt can be used as a swim shirt to protect you when you are swimming or on vacation. Do not let lupus stop you from enjoying a vacation of your favorite things outside. If you need a cute and stylish way to protect your lupus skin from the sun’s harmful rays, you should consider getting a Rash Guard Compression shirt. There are many colors to choose from and your lupus skin will thank you!
How cute is this SPF 50 Knit Dress from Chico’s? This SPF dress is also stretchy which makes it a perfect choice for those with lupus or fibromyalgia. This shift dress design has a straight fit from bust to hemline, 3/4-sleeves with banded neckline and half button front. Fabric contains 50 Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) to block both UVA and UVB rays.
This SPF 50 shawl can block up to 98% of UV rays and is made with high quality zinc oxide protection making it a perfect SPF clothing choice for someone dealing with lupus and who is worried about protecting their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. This Coolibar beach shawl is soft and lightweight making it a cool and comfortable choice whether you are on the beach or headed to lunch.
If you are looking for a pop of color and laid back appeal, check out this Willit Sun Protection Hoodie! If you are looking for optimal lupus skin coverage, this SPF hoodie makes the perfect addition to your wardrobe. This hoodie doesn’t only offer optimal sun protection coverage through SPF, but it’s unique design prevents your neck from sunburn. The thumb holes keep the sleeves in place and give extra coverage for sun protection. This is a staple piece of SPF clothing for lupus warriors everywhere!
Just because you have lupus doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all the fun in the sun! Attraco has created a long sleeved rash guar swim shirt that provides optimal protection from the sun while allowing you to still play in the surf. With its vibrant color selections and optimal sizing choices, if you are a lupus warrior looking for sun protective clothing, this is a good choice!
I don’t know about you, but I personally live in leggings. What a surprise it was to learn that SPF clothing also included my favorite clothing staple since being diagnosed with lupus! Not only do these leggings offer optimal sun protection for swimming or yoga, but they are comfortable enough to add to your daily wardrobe!
If you are a lupus warrior looking for SPF clothing to help protect your skin, make sure to try out some of these awesome choices from our list. It is important to wear sunscreen daily but also to take measures to ensure that your clothing offers prime protection from the sun’s rays.