Let's talk Lupus since May is Lupus Awareness Month
You get the chance in this content to bone up your knowledge on what is a most problematic and non-conforming condition. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease. It causes the immune system to attack itself, when this happens the result is inflammation.
No one knows what specifically causes this disease and no two cases of lupus are exactly alike. The suggested causative culprits range from environmental factors, viral infections, overexposure to sunlight or certain drugs. Even severe emotional stress has been blamed as a triggering factor.
For the most part, Lupus has a wide spectrum of symptoms.The symptoms appearing are generally swelling, fatigue, varied systemic pain or aches, joint pain or fever along with the typical lupus rash or sores appear on the skin. The signs and symptoms of Lupus may come on suddenly or develop slowly, they may be mild or severe.
There are two types of lupus (SLE) or systemic lupus erythematosus and (DLE) or discoid lupus erythematosus. Depending on the type of lupus there can be damage to bodily systems
- The DLE type of lupus mainly affects skin that is exposed to sunlight and normally does not affect vital internal organs. However, DLE characteristically causes discoid or circular skin lesions that often leave scars after the lesions are healed.
- SLE lupus, on the other hand, is more intense because it affects both on the skin and other vital organs.
- The SLE type of the disease may inflame membranes surrounding or within the lungs, heart and kidneys. It can cause vasculitis, swelling of the limbs, hair loss, bruises, mouth ulcers, chest pain and weight gain or loss. Symptoms can even attack the brain causing confusion, depression and seizures.
The disease of Lupus is complex and unpredictable. It's called the disease of a thousand faces because of the multiplicity and variance of symptoms. Some people afflicted with lupus may experience temporary or a permanent remission.
There is no known way to prevent lupus and people with Lupus have flare-ups of either mild or an intense episode of the disease. During episodes, symptoms get worse for a while, can clear up eventually, may improve or even disappear completely for a time.
Self-care management of the disease is important as it can help tone down symptoms. There is no cure and you have to learn to live with Lupus, you'll need to manage flare-ups.
- Try to pay careful attention to your diet and prevent known triggers such as sunlight, stress, insufficient sleep or rest.
- Because of obvious scarring, some lupus sufferers engage in social withdrawal behaviours.
- Make every effort to not let the skin scars of lupus cause you to withdraw or to define who you are.
- Get regular checkups this can be useful in addressing routine health concerns. Often health issues that are handled early can help in preventing further lupus complications.
In addition, diligently keeping a record of your symptoms can be a helpful tool when it comes to determining appropriate treatment strategies. The condition can be intense at times with much discomforting suffering physically and emotionally.