Lupus : Reverse attack
WHAT IS LUPUS? Lupus (SLE) is a disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks...
WHAT IS LUPUS? Lupus (SLE) is a disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as swelling, damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs. It is a treatable, chronic disease that can affect any organ in the body. Women of child-bearing age (15 to 45 years) are most often affected. There are nearly 50 lakh affected people worldwide. It can affect males very rarely. Lupus is not an infection. Lupus is a little like a freight train; it is much easier to stop if the brakes are applied before the train has gained too much speed. Symptoms - Fatigue - The butterfly rash - Excessive skin reaction to sunlight - Arthritis - Kidney problems - Seizures - A persistent increase in hair The diagnosis of SLE is made based on a combination of symptoms, signs and test results . Treatment - NSAIDS, METHOTRXATE, are used for controlling arthritis.A - Sunscreen lotions are advised for photosensitivity.A - Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat fatigue, arthritis and other milder symptoms of SLE.A - Newer drugs like RITUXIMAB, BELIMUMAB are prescribed Prevention - Use Sunscreen lotion - Avoid tobacco in all forms. - Avoid drugs containing sulfonamides - Say no to quackery and to miracle cures. With regular follow up, medications and proper care morbidity and mortality with SLE can be considerably reduced.