Symptoms of Lupus

Symptoms of Lupus

Lupus is a disease that is not easily detected, as it can mirror other types of illnesses. Some celebrities with Lupus are Toni Braxton, Nick Cannon, Paula Abdul and most recently, Kristen Johnston.

On any given day the human body is invisibly attacked by outside organisms, bacterial or viral germs, which seek to destroy it. A healthy body’s immune system will create antibodies to fight off those attackers. In the body of a person suffering from Lupus, some of those antibodies may remain in the body longer than they should. In Lupus patients, the body cannot distinguish between healthy tissues and foreign invaders, and the antibodies may begin to attack the body itself, causing discomfort, pain, swelling, and organ damage. The effects of Lupus on the body may be slight, severe, or life-threatening.

Although lupus is a chronic disease, its symptoms may flare and recede. Since Lupus symptoms may be similar to those of many other disorders and diseases, it is imperative that the patient be seen by a doctor who is educated and skilled in discerning between Lupus and other problems. There is the possibility that Lupus may be passed down genetically. While it affects mostly non-Caucasian young adult women, men and children can also suffer from Lupus. The disease is not contagious and bears no link to cancer, AIDS, or HIV.

Symptoms of Lupus include:

  • anemia
  • blood clotting
  • blueness (or whiteness) of fingers or toes when exposed to cold
  • chest pain or tightness when breathing deeply
  • edema (swelling) around eyes, or in hands, legs, or feet
  • fatigue to extreme degrees
  • fever (new or unusually high)
  • hair thinning or loss, or brittleness
  • headaches
  • joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation
  • lesions in nasal passages
  • photosensitivity (sensitive to sunlight or other light)
  • rash (similar to the shape of a butterfly) affecting cheeks and nose
  • ulcers inside the mouth

The symptoms of Lupus can mirror those of blood disorders, diabetes, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid issues, and other diseases. Additionally, medications used to treat Lupus may cause similar symptoms, so your doctor must be aware of which medications you are taking. You should notify your doctor immediately if you suffers from the sudden onset of Lupus symptoms or from severe abdominal pain, seizures, bruising, or bleeding.

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Lupus Scar Treatment Tips

Lupus Scar Treatment Tips

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its own organs and tissues. Lupus causes inflammation, which can affect a number of different body systems including the skin, joints, brain, heart, lungs, and blood cells.

Since lupus causes symptoms that can mimic those of other disorders, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. There is no cure for lupus, but there are treatments available that focus on relieving symptoms depending on the organ(s) involved. Even when most lupus symptoms are well-controlled, one side-effect of skin involvement often remains – scarring.

Lupus skin lesions come in a variety of forms. Once treated and healed, these lesions can leave permanent scars and dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, anywhere on the body. Lupus scars can be light, dark, or red; they can form in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and locations depending on the underlying skin lesion that caused it.

Normal scars naturally fade and flatten over time, but if you want to improve the results as much as possible, use a scar therapy that contains silicone. Topical silicone has been clinically proven to flatten, lighten, and soften scars and is the gold standard in scar care. A scar therapy that combines the unmatched safety and benefits of silicone with other ingredients proven to fade scars that are also safe and natural – such as aloe vera and licorice extract – packs a powerful punch when it comes to fading scars as much as possible.

Keeping your scars out of the sun is an important first step, as the sun can permanently darken scars further.  Read: How Does the Sun Affect Scars?

Exercise and healthy eating are also beneficial in scar healing; exercise brings more oxygen-rich blood to the scar which optimizes healing during the initial stages of wound healing. Healthy eating also ensures your body has all the necessary nutrients it needs to heal as well as possible.

Read: How Nutrition Affects Scar Healing

Work with your doctor to come up with the best treatment plan for your lupus, and use the tips above to treat the scarring that may result from skin lesions and rashes, in order to feel and look your best every day.

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