What You Should Know About Lupus

16 February, 2019
Have you ever heard of Lupus? If you're not familiar with this disease, learn more in this article! We'll tell you about how it's treated and what it does to your body.

All around the world, there is a never ending list of diseases. Some of these are more disconcerting than others. Consequently, they’re more well-known, dangerous, and come with detailed symptom lists. However, these diseases start to lose power when we look at other diseases. A perfect example is Lupus.

Perhaps you’ve heard about it once on this site. Or, you suffer from it and still don’t know much about it. In any case, this article will be dedicated to looking at some aspects of this condition in depth.

What is Lupus?

Pills and lupus medication

It’s considered one of the most dangerous and unstable diseases in the human body. This is all thanks to its main characteristic: it’s an autoimmune disease.

The symptoms of this disease are rarely common across cases and they’re unpredictable. Remember, this happens because your immune system is the affected part.

Lupus attacks and affects the important cells of this system. It destroys your body’s defenses. This makes it so you aren’t able to fight bacteria and other toxic substances in your body.

Your immune system and lupus

Starting from what we just said, these symptoms are greatly tied together. Let’s talk a little about your immune system and its importance to your body.

  • It’s comprised of special organs, cells, tissues, and proteins, among other things.
  • All of these together carry out the main function of protecting your entire body from outside invaders.
  • Among these elements, some of the most noteworthy are bacteria, germs, and microorganisms. And, we can find them in practically every place we go.

To summarize, your immune system is a combination of essential functions that protect your body. But, what does this have to do with a disease like Lupus?

Despite not being a contagious disease, it affects all of your body’s defenses. This explains its close relation with your immune system. Little by little, it attacks your cells and tissues.

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Lupus Erythematosus

This disease is divided into three kinds. We will explain them below.

1. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Also, known “SLE”, its acronym. This is the most common type of lupus. Specialists simply call it “lupus”, not using the rest of its name.

  • It affects your most important systems on a regular basis. This especially includes organs like your heart, brain, and kidneys.
  • Its symptoms are incredibly varied. Some people can have extreme symptoms, others may not have as strong of a reaction.

2. Chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus

As the name “cutaneous” indicates, this disease mainly affects the tissues of your skin.

Keep in mind that this covers 100% of your body on the surface. Any part of your skin can be affected. And, its symptoms can show up on your face and scalp.

The main ones are the appearance of skin redness or changes in skin tone.

3. Drug-Induced Lupus Erythematosus

This kind of disease is similar to the first one. However, it’s caused by the body rejecting certain medications.

Fortunately, stopping the treatment can be enough to make your symptoms better.The symptoms of drug-induced lupus can be less severe than those of systemic lupus.

Is it possible to recognize this condition?

Lupus written on a notebook

This disease is complex. This is true not just for the people who suffer from it, but also for health professionals.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to give a good diagnosis.

Despite this, Lupus has some signs that help to identify it.

Below are some of the most common:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint inflammation
  • Swelling of the thyroid glands
  • Extreme tiredness with no cause
  • Hair loss
  • Tiredness and extreme preoccupation
  • Facial skin problems
  • Chest pain

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Things to keep in mind

The appearance of these symptoms is called outbreaks. They can appear and disappear. It’s recommended that you talk with a doctor you trust.

This disease can show up in anyone. We don’t know where it comes from, but some experts have linked it to hereditary factors.

Despite the fact that there isn’t a cure, there are many ways to keep this disease under control. For these treatments, we need to talk to a specialist.

Talking with other patients who have this disease can help you to bear the whole process.

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