Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks healthy tissues. Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy your healthy tissue.
The lattes researches have found that 9 out of 10 women have lupus, and currently, 1.5 million of people suffer from this disease in the U.S.
Causes of Lupus:
- Environment ( exposure to UV light, smoking, stress, toxins )
- Illness ( people affected with viruses and bacteria )
- Combination of this factors
Lupus is a disease of flares and remissions. It is not contagious and it comes unexpectedly. It affects a lot of organs and it causes a wide range of symptoms
The most often symptoms are:
- Extreme fatigue
- Weight loss
- Painful joins
- Swelling in feet, legs, hands, around eyes
- Hair loss
- Pain in chest
- Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
- Abnormal blood clotting
- Mouth or nose ulcers
- Mental confusion and seizures
There is no single test to diagnose lupus. It may take months or years for a doctor to diagnose lupus. You doctor may use medical history, blood tests, skin biopsy, and complete exam to make a diagnosis.
Lupus can be deadly. So if you suspect on it, don’t think twice, immediately consult your doctor. An early treatment is very successful and it can save your life.
Source: Healthy Food House