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Lupus disease: symptoms, causes, and treatment

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that develops when a person's immune system attacks its organs and tissues.

These diseases can affect the heart, brain, lungs, kidney skin, and joints.

Lupus is not an easy disease to diagnose because it imitates symptoms of other diseases. However, one common sign of lupus disease is facial rashes that unfold across both cheeks. Though the cause of lupus is not known, it can be triggered by specific drugs, sunlight, and infections. Also, some people are naturally prone to developing the disease.

Symptoms

Symptoms of lupus may differ from person to person because no two cases of lupus are the same. Some symptoms can be mild and slow while others can be rapid and severe. Some symptoms can be temporary while others can be permanent. 

The symptom of lupus disease that a person experiences depends on the organs and systems of the body that the disease has affected. Having said that, some common signs of the disease include; fatigue, fever, shortness of breath, dry eyes, memory loss, skin lesions, rashes on the face or other places in the body.

Risk factors

If you have an inherited predisposition for lupus disease, you may contract it when you come in contact with anything like drugs or infections that can trigger lupus disease.

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Some other factors that can increase your risk of the disease include sex, age, and race. This disease is more common in women than men. It is mostly diagnosed in people between ages 15 and 45. Also Hispanic, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans have a higher risk of contracting the disease.

Treatment

When it comes to treating lupus, things like age, overall health, medical history, the part of the body that is affected, and the severity of the disease must be considered. People with very severe symptoms of the disease like kidney problems may need steroids which is an effective way to treat rashes (though there are side effects to this).

In some cases, people use alternative treatments like vitamins and supplements acupuncture mind-body therapy, etc. While all the above-mentioned forms of treatment may reduce some of the symptoms of the disease there is no proof that any of the cure or treat lupus disease.

Content created and supplied by: DrGeraldine (via Opera News )

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