DO YOU KNOW ABOUT LUPUS?

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT LUPUS?

Good day readers, I hope you enjoyed the previous edition of health insights. Lupus, as we’ll be discussing this week is not a common disease and it’s a little complicated because in case of lupus, the body’s immune system attacks its healthy tissues which leads to an inflammation damaging the joints and organs.

Lupus is non-contagious (cannot be transferred from one person to another) and may affect any part of the lungs, kidneys, joints, skin, blood cells and even heart. When only the skin is involved, the condition is called lupus dermatitis (Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus) and this is the most common form of lupus. When internal organs are involved, the condition is referred to as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).

Generally, lupus varies among ages usually common between 18-45 years, more serious in women than in men, and it is more serious in Negroes than Caucasians. Pregnant lupus patients may transfer genes to their new born. Heredity, environmental factors, viruses, ultra-violet light and drugs may influence lupus.  Its symptoms may vary among individuals but usually are;

•Loss of appetite

•Hair loss

•Fever

•Fatigue

•Joint pain

•Butterfly face rash

•Ulcer of mouth and nose

•Arthritis

•Chest pain

•Unusual light sensitivity

Depending on the organ affected, lupus may lead to swelling of legs and feet, pain and stiffness of joints, higher risk of infections and bleeding, breathing difficulty, weakness, high blood pressure, kidney failure, seizures and even coma. Lupus patients are also at higher risk of getting cancer.

Lupus can be managed by using immunosuppressive drugs (e.g Hydroxychloroquine), anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g Aspirin, Ibuprofen) and other measures as directed by the doctor (sometimes chemotherapy) depending on the severity. Lupus patients may avoid sunlight as a means of control of the disease. Quality rest and adequate sleep plays an important role in relief. Exercise is also very important. Take note that it is very important to monitor the conditions with your doctor.

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