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Lupus Awareness Month

Posted on May 16, 2016 12:30:20 AM by healtheo360

More than 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported every year across the country. Most people develop lupus between the ages of 15-44. Help is needed during the month of May to spread awareness, educate others, and solve the mystery of Lupus.

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What is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body such as skin, joints, and/or bodily organs. This chronic condition involves flares where symptoms worsen and remission where the symptoms improve. There are 3 common forms of lupus: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus, and Drug-induced Lupus Erythematosus.

Signs & Symptoms

• Muscle pain
• Hair loss
• Sensitivity to the sun
• Swollen glands
• Mouth ulcers
• Pale or purple fingers / toes

Did you know that 9 out 10 people with lupus are women?

Test/Diagnosis

Since there is no known cause of lupus, it may take months or years for a doctor to diagnose. Here are some diagnostic exams commonly used by doctors:
• Skin biopsy
• Kidney biopsy
• Blood test
• Medical history
• Physical exam

Treatment

Although there is no cure for lupus, there are some treatments that can help manage symptoms.
• Anti-inflammatory drugs
• Antimalarial drugs
• Corticosteroids

Prevention

• Avoiding known triggers such as sunlight, lack of sleep, and stress
• Adequate exercise
• Eating a well-balanced diet
• Always wear sunscreen when your outdoors
• Smoking cessation

Sources:
Lupus Awareness Month
Lupus Foundation of America
National Insititute of Arthritis and Musculosketal & Skin Diseases
WebMD

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