What is Lupus?
The immune system has cells that can recognize and attack foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system begins to attack its tissues. Auto-antibodies or antibodies that work against one’s body disseminate through the body, causing inflammation in various organs.
Lupus is a chronic condition which means that the symptoms and signs last longer than six weeks. They can last more than a year.
Causes for Lupus
There is no exact cause of this disease.There are several theories what can cause it.
- According to one theory, a genetic factor is one of the causes of this autoimmune disease. People with a family history of lupus are more likely to develop this disorder.
- Infection such as Epstein-Barr may cause the lupus
- Prescription of medication such as hydralazine for lowering blood pressure or antipsychotics may be the cause of lupus.
- Female hormones such as estrogen can cause lupus too. Birth control pills can cause lupus too. That is why more women are diagnosed with lupus than man.
Prevention for Lupus
There’s no specific way, to prevent this disorder. There are ongoing researches to prevent lupus. Lupus Foundation of America in its site announced: http://www.lupus.org/general-news/entry/bill-providing-13-million-for-lupus-signed-into-law
President Trump signed into law today ( 05.05.2017 ) the fiscal 2017 omnibus (H.R. 244) that includes $13 million in new funding specifically to advance lupus research, education, and awareness. Earlier this week, the House of Representatives and Senate approved the spending bill, which also provides $34 billion for biomedical research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This critical funding for lupus was made possible thanks to our grassroots advocates, the Congressional Lupus Caucus Co-Chairs (Rep. Thomas J. Rooney [R-FL], Rep. William Keating [D-MA], Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL], Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson [D-TX]), and the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.
You can read the whole article on the following link. http://www.lupus.org/general-news/entry/bill-providing-13-million-for-lupus-signed-into-law
Symptoms of Lupus
Symptoms may vary from person to person.According to American College of Rheumatology, people with lupus must have four of the following symptoms
1. Rashes which can appear in any part of the body.
2. Fatigue which is a common symptom of many patients. They are always tired.
3. Arthritis which is accompanied with pain in joints.
4. A constant temperature around 38 C or higher which does not result in fever.
5. Photosensitivity and intolerance to natural sunlight or fluorescent lighting.
7. Kidney disease Which can lead to dialysis
8. Problems with central nervous system
9. Heart Problems
10. Lung Problems
11. Impaired blood Circulation
12. Hair Loss
13. Weight Loss
14. Reynaud’s phenomenon
It is important to recognize and diagnose Lupus at the earlier stage. There is no cure for this disorder. Diagnosing the disease in the first phase is crucial. The body can react to MEDICAMENT’S in the beginning stage much more than a letter.
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