What is Lupus?
Lupus is an immune system illness that can affect many parts of the body. Symptoms can range from being mild to life-threatening. Due to this illness, the immune system produces too many antibodies which cause reactions leading to inflammatory processes anywhere in the body.
Some types of Lupus, such as discoid erythematosus and subacute cutaneous erythematosus, only affect the skin. However, more severe forms of it, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can affect many parts of the body, including the skin, joints and internal organs.
Skin disease in Lupus can cause rashes or sores, which appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, arms and legs.
The two major symptoms of it are:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Extreme tiredness
However, other symptoms may include:
- Hair loss
- Mouth ulcers
Who does it affect?
It primarily affects females, although anyone can be affected.
What is it caused by?
The main trigger of this illness is hormonal activity and change, which is why females are primarily affected. It can often trigger after childbirth, at menopause or during puberty, and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 55. Genetic inheritance may also be a cause of this illness.
Lupus is generally treated using anti-malarials (such as hydroxychloroquine) and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. Steroids such as prednisolone have been vital in the improvement in lupus care. The most commonly used are azathioprine, methotrexate and cyclophosphamide. For Lupus related skin conditions, the most common treatments are topical ointments, such as steroid cream or gel
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