Howard Smith, MD

Howard Smith, MD

Howard Smith, MD, is a Staff Rheumatologist and Director of the Lupus Clinic at Cleveland Clinic.

Lupus and Your Skin: How to Avoid Summer Flare-Ups (Video)

We all need to protect our skin from the sun’s damaging rays, and if you have lupus, you know that being prepared for summer is especially important. With warm weather, delicate skin can more easily burn or redden with a rash. And while a butterfly rash has a nice name, it’s not fun at all to … Read More

Lupus and Brain Fog: How to Find Your Way

Monday morning finds many of us feeling foggy, but 20 to 50 percent of people who struggle with lupus have a unique feeling of mental fogginess, including: Depression Memory problems Headaches Fatigue Confusion Other neurologic symptoms This set of symptoms, often called “brain fog” or “lupus fog,” is important to identify if you or a … Read More

4 New Medications for Lupus (Video)

The medications available for treating lupus have stayed pretty much the same for several decades. But in the past few years, we’ve seen a breakthrough with targeted therapies—medicines that are directed at one little molecule in the immune system. Watch this video to learn more about how lupus is treated: The most significant new treatments … Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Lupus

When I mention lupus to my patients, sometimes I get a confused look because it’s not a well-understood condition. People wonder why the body would attack itself, as is the case with lupus and other autoimmune diseases. Here are five things many people don’t know about lupus: 1. Lupus affects nine times more women than … Read More

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Fibromyalgia: 3 Ways to Improve Symptoms (Video)

Fibromyalgia is a very common condition that I see in my patients. It causes widespread pain – particularly in the neck and shoulders – and it can also cause sleep problems. It is associated with irritable bowel syndrome, depression and anxiety — but the good news is that there are ways to improve symptoms. What … Read More

First Rheumatology Appointment?

In my many years as a rheumatologist, I’ve seen patients with a variety of symptoms, including aches and pains. Arthritis may be a symptom of a number of different connective tissue diseases; there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. My job is to identify which type of arthritis the patient has, and then, … Read More