Lupus disease is classified as an autoimmune disease that affects many parts of the body, such as the skin, internal organs, and joints. Lupus disease is chronic, meaning that this disease usually lasts longer than 6 weeks and in most cases years. Lupus affects the immune system (the immune system fights off bacteria, germs, and viruses.) In normal conditions, our bodies have the ability to produce antibodies that protect our bodies against different types of foreign invaders.
The term “autoimmune” is when the body’s immune system is unable to comprehend the difference between foreign and healthy matter within our bodies. The term “auto” means “self” in latin, which refers to the body producing antibodies that attack healthy organ tissue. This in turn damages many different parts of the body, and creates pain and inflammation in the process.
Here are some informative facts concerning Lupus:
- Lupus is known to be a disease of flares and remissions (switching between filling ill and feeling healthy). Lupus symptoms can range from mild to near death, and all forms should be treated by a doctor. With the proper treatment, those with Lupus disease can lead a relatively normal life.
- Lupus disease isn’t contagious but any means whatsoever.
- Lupus and cancer are totally unrelated. Cancer is a disease that is composed of abnormal, disease ridden tissue that grows and spreads quickly. Lupus is an autoimmune disease as previously discussed.
- Lupus is unrelated to HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In HIV or AIDS the immune system is underactive while Lupus causes the immune system to be overactive.
- Research states that approximately 1.5 million Americans have Lupus disease. The actual number may be higher or lower as there is insufficient data to prove how many people are living with Lupus disease.
- It’s estimated that 5 million people around the globe have some form of Lupus.
- Lupus is found mostly in women between the ages of 15-44, although children, men, and teenagers have been found to have Lupus also.
- It has been found that women of color are 2-3 times as likely to have Lupus.
- All races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.
- At least 16,000 new cases of Lupus disease are reported each year across the U.S.
The most common symptoms of Lupus are:
- over sleeping and extreme fatigue
- swollen/painful joints
- anemia (low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume)
- swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands, and eyes
- pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy)
- butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
- sun- or light-sensitivity (photosensitivity)
- hair loss
- abnormal blood clotting
- fingers turning white and/or blue when cold (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
- mouth or nose ulcers
Lupus treatment depends of the form of Lupus and the symptoms involved. Those who have mild to moderate form of Lupus should see a rheumatologist. Rheumatologists are specialized in diseases of the muscles and joints.
If the type of Lupus affects the internal kidneys or other internal organs, one will need to contact a Nephrologist. Nephrologists specialize in diseases of the renal system.
If the Lupus disease causes rashes or lesions, a dermatologist is recommended for treatment. A dermatologist specializes in diseases that attack the skin (Including mouth and head.)
Other specialists, such as a cardiologist, neurologist, or a perinatologist may be needed depending on which part of the body is affected by Lupus disease. These doctors are specialized in the heart, brain and nervous system, and high-risk pregnancies in women.
For treating Lupus naturally, consider using; South African Pennywort, root of Tripterygium wilfordi (may cause sperm reduction and cessation of menstrual periods). For Homeopathic treatment, consider treatment using; Cistus Canadensis or Thuja for skin irritations, and Nux Vomica which has shown an 80% success rate in the treatment of Lupus.
Extreme stress levels can cause autoimmune diseases to flare up. It’s beneficial to lead a relaxed lifestyle in order to alleviate Lupus symptoms. (Practice meditation, yoga, etc.)
An interesting fact! Lady Gaga has recently revealed that she has a form of Lupus – she seems to be doing quite well for herself considering