Lupus

Information about Lupus

Published on December 6, 2007

Author: Kiska

Source: authorstream.com

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Lupus:  Lupus By: Sandra Almendarez What is Lupus?:  What is Lupus? Lupus is an autoimmune disease. That affects the joints, the skin, the kidneys, the lungs, the heart , and/or the brain. There Are 3 Types of Lupus!:  There Are 3 Types of Lupus! Systemic Lupus Ensythematosus, or (SLE), which involves many parts of the body including the heart , the kidneys, and brain. Discoid Lupus Ensythematosus – mainly affects the skin. Red rashes may occur on the face or stomach. 3 Types Of Lupus……continued:  3 Types Of Lupus……continued Drug-Induced Lupus – this one is triggered by few medicines. Similar to SLE, but goes away when medicine is stopped. Drugs that cause it are hydralazine and procainande. Symptoms of Lupus::  Symptoms of Lupus: Butterfly rashes across the face. Color change in the face. Painful or swollen joints. Unexplained fever. Chest pain Swollen glands Extreme fatigue (tired) Unusual hair loss. More Symptoms::  More Symptoms: Pale finger or toes (from cold or stress) Sensitive to the sun. Low blood count. Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory loss. What Is The Cause Of Lupus?:  What Is The Cause Of Lupus? The cause of lupus is not know, but it is believed to be hereditary. There is no cure for lupus, but it can be managed. Lupus is mostly triggered by sunlight, stress or some medicines. Who Can Get Lupus?:  Who Can Get Lupus? Anyone can get lupus. It is most common in women, Hispanics and African Americans. How Can It Be Managed or Controlled?:  How Can It Be Managed or Controlled? Lupus can be managed or controlled, with some medicines such as asprin for swollen joints and fever. Creams are also prescribed for the rashes that accompany lupus. Treatment is usually based on the symptoms. Ways To Deal With Lupus::  Ways To Deal With Lupus: One way is to pay attention to your body, slow down and pace yourself. Consider joining support groups or counseling. Stay involved in social activities. Mediation and yoga. Exercising. Eating Healthy (3 meals) Work Cited:  Work Cited www.niams.nih.gov For more info: (301)495-4484

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