Can Lupus patient eat seafood? Lupus is one systemic autoimmune disorder. If eating food blindly, it may worsen patients’ illness condition easily. Seafood may cause allergic reactions. Is it OK to eat seafood for Lupus patients?
The answer is decided by patients’ individual conditions.
Lupus is usually caused by inherited factors, sex hormone, environmental factors, etc. Also, it may be involved in other autoimmune diseases. Most Lupus patients may have some symptoms and signs, including:
- Fatigue, fever or loss of weight
- Skin rash, photosensitization, hair loss or cutaneous vasculitis
- Joint pain, arthritis, muscle pain or muscle weakness
- Pleuritis or pneumorrhagia
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.
If patients don’t have any symptoms, they may be able to eat some seafood in correct amount. However, once they have the following problems, they had better stay away from seafood. Otherwise, seafood may induce Lupus aggravation.
- High blood fat: Seafood, especially crab cream contains high content of cholesterol. Therefore, patients with high cholesterol and blood fat should limit their intake or even avoid seafood.
- Arthritis or gout: Both of these two problems are due to high uric acid in the blood, while seafood is usually rich in purine that is one source of uric acid. If you have either of these problems, seafood may worsen your illness condition.
- Bleeding disease: Seafood can inhibit the platelet aggregation so as to aggravate patients’ bleeding symptoms.
- Skin problems: The protein in seafood gets into the body that can produce one kind of allergen. If the skin is involved in Lupus, seafood may induce skin itching or recurrence of skin problems.
From the above analysis, we can know Lupus patients should consume seafood carefully. If any mistake, Lupus may worsen easily.