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How to Deal with Lupus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), the most common type of Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect various body parts.


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How to Deal with Lupus

Living with Lupus: What You Need to Know

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects various body parts. It occurs when the immune system attacks the body's organs and tissues, causing inflammation and potential tissue damage. Here's what you need to know about living with Lupus.

Risk Factors of Lupus

While the exact cause of Lupus is unknown, experts believe that a combination of genetic and environmental factors can trigger the condition. Some risk factors for developing Lupus include:

  • Gender: Lupus affects more women than men.
  • Family history: Having relatives with Lupus increases your risk.
  • Age: While Lupus can occur at any age, it is more common in those between 15 and 44 years old.
  • Race: People of color are more likely to develop Lupus.

Symptoms of Lupus

Lupus symptoms can vary from person to person, with some experiencing severe symptoms and others experiencing milder ones. Symptoms typically begin in early adulthood, from the teenage years to the 30s. Flare-ups of symptoms can occur, followed by periods of remission. Common symptoms of Lupus include:

  • Unexplained fever: Recurring fevers over a period of three weeks are common in Lupus.
  • Fatigue: Persistent exhaustion, both physical and mental, is a significant symptom of Lupus.
  • Hair loss: Lupus can cause hair loss on the scalp, face, body, or eyebrows.
  • Lesions or skin rash: A butterfly-shaped rash on the face, red raised bumps, or chronic discoid lesions may be present.
  • Kidney inflammation: Lupus nephritis, or kidney inflammation, can lead to swelling, foamy urine, and high blood pressure.
  • Pulmonary issues: Lung inflammation and pleuritis, or inflammation of the lining outside the lungs, can cause chest pain.

Seeking Medical Help

It is important to consult with medical professionals, such as general practitioners, if you suspect you may have Lupus or are experiencing any symptoms. They can provide a proper diagnosis and help manage the condition, as Lupus can have similar symptoms to other diseases.

While there is no cure for Lupus, treatment can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. By seeking medical help, you can receive appropriate care and support.

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