World Lupus Day 2022: Today is ‘World Lupus Day’. Lupus is an inflammatory and autoimmune disease, which is a very serious disease. Even today very few people know about this disease. Every year on this day (May 10) a variety of campaigns, programs are organized to make people aware of lupus disease, its symptoms, and its effects on the body. This disease is so severe that it affects the human brain, skin, kidney and many other organs. What causes lupus disease is not yet known exactly, but some factors such as hormones, genes, environment increase the chances of getting lupus. Know what is lupus disease, about its symptoms, treatment.
Read also: Know what are autoimmune diseases and how are they treated?
what is lupus disease
awarenessdays.com According to a report published in, Lupus is a serious fatal disease. There is a dire need of support, right treatment for the affected and the affected persons. Lupus disease is an inflammatory and autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s system attacks its own tissues and organs. This leads to inflammation, which can affect many parts of the body. Various parts of the body including skin, kidney, brain, blood cells, lungs, heart, joints start getting affected in this disease.
symptoms of lupus
Lupus is often difficult to diagnose, as its symptoms are similar to those of other common diseases. However, this disease can be recognized by a special symptom seen on the skin of the face. In this, a red skin rash like butterfly wings is formed on the cheeks and nose. It is also called butterfly rash. Apart from this other symptoms are as follows:
- feeling short of breath
- persistent chest pain
- Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
- fever and feeling tired
- blue hands and toes on exposure to cold
- having a headache
- confusion and memory loss
- sore mouth
- swollen lymph nodes
- sensitivity to sunlight
- digestive complications
- change in behavior
- blood abnormalities
diagnosis and treatment of lupus
Diagnosis of lupus or systemic lupus erythematosus includes tests like urinalysis, kidney biopsy, chest X-ray, antinuclear antibodies, cryoglobulins etc. If it is detected to have lupus after getting the test done, then the process of treatment is started accordingly. This includes medicines and precautionary measures to control the symptoms of lupus.
The patient should avoid exposure to UV rays of the sun as much as possible.
Being physically active is very important.
Smoking, alcohol consumption should be avoided.
Take measures to strengthen the immune system.
-Inflammation or swelling should be managed.
A healthy and balanced diet should be consumed.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 10, 2022, 12:44 IST