For A Future with No Lupus, Knows Lupus – World Lupus Day 2021

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World Lupus Day 2021 marked on 10th may 2021. World Lupus Day serves to call attention to the impact that lupus has on people around the world. The annual observance focuses on the need for improved patient healthcare services, increased research into the causes of and cure for lupus, earlier diagnosis and treatment of lupus, and better epidemiological data on lupus globally.

Every day, more than 5 million people worldwide struggle with the often debilitating health consequences of lupus, a potentially fatal autoimmune disease capable of damaging virtually any part of the body, including the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain. Ninety percent (90%) of people living with lupus are women. Most people with lupus develop the disease between the ages of 15-44.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). “Autoimmunity” means the immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and body’s healthy tissues. As a result, it creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Lupus in not contagious disease but its more hereditary disease, which genes is predisposition factor of this disease.

there are 4 different form of lupus, that are:

  • Systemic lupus accounts for approximately 70% of all cases of lupus. In approximately half of these cases, a major organ or tissue in the body, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys and brain will be affected.
  • Cutaneous lupus (affecting only the skin) accounts for approximately 10 percent of all lupus cases.
  • Drug-induced lupus accounts for about 10 percent of all lupus cases and is caused by high doses of certain medications. The symptoms of drug induced lupus are similar to systemic lupus; however, symptoms usually subside when the medications are discontinued.
  • Neonatal lupus is a rare condition in which the mother’s antibodies affect the fetus. At birth, the baby may have a skin rash, liver problems, or low blood cell counts, but these symptoms typically disappear completely after six months with no lasting effects.

These are Lupus symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time)
  • Pain or swelling in the joints
  • Swelling in the hands, feet, or around the eyes
  • Headaches
  • Low fevers
  • Sensitivity to sunlight or fluorescent light
  • Chest pain when breathing deeply
  • A butterfly-shaped rash on the cheeks and nose
  • Hair loss
  • Sores in the mouth or nose
  • Fingers and toes turning white or blue and feeling numb when a person is cold or stressed (Raynaud’s Disease)

 

Lupus is not contagious and is characterized with the butterfly rash. Purple ribbon and purple butterfly is a symbol of hope, let us fight lupus! Keep in mind how you can’t catch lupus but your germs can kill lupus sufferers.

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References:

lupus.org

worldlupusday.org

awarenessday.com

 

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