Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Have you ever thought that you might be that person you might have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, but you just weren’t sure because you did not know what exactly it was or what the symptoms are. I will be telling what lupus is, what causes lupus, what the symptoms are, and what the diagnosing and treating of lupus is.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus also known as just Lupus is a disorder of the immune system known as an autoimmune disease. With an autoimmune disease, the body attacks its own healthy cells and tissues. This will lead to inflammation and damage to various body tissues. Lupus can affect many different parts of the body, including joints, skin, kidney, heart, lungs, blood vessels and the brain. Researchers have figured out that more women than men get lupus. Lupus is three times more times more common in African American, Hispanic, and Asian and Native American descent women then in Caucasian women. There are four different types of lupus Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) which affects many parts of the body. Discoid Lupus Erythematosus which refers to a skin disorder where a red rash will appear on the face, scalp or elsewhere. Drug-induced Lupus is caused by specific medications. Neonatal Lupus which is a rare form of lupus that affects newborn babies of women with SLE or certain other immune system disorders. Lupus is such a complex disease that the causes are unknown.
Each experience with lupus is different, symptoms can range from mild to severe and they may came and go over time. The most common symptoms of lupus are painful or swollen joints, unexplained fever, and skin rashes, along with extreme fatigue. Some more symptoms are chest pains, hair loss, sensitivity to the sun, anemia, and pale or purple fingers and toes from cold and stress. Some people experience headaches, dizziness, depression, or seizures. The body systems that can be affected by lupus are kidneys, lungs, central nervous system, blood vessels,...