What is Lupus?
It is a rheumatic disease, chronic and systemic that may affect any organ and/or system of your body.
Lupus means wolf in Latin, the name is given because the eruptions on the face due to the disease resembles to the marks on wolf´s faces.
The causes are still unknown, only thing known today is that genetic predisposition and enviroment factors have something to do with disease development
It may cause damage in different parts of the body
Despite of the name origins, it may also affect other parts of your body such as:
- Blood Vessels
What are the symptoms?
- Pain or joint swelling
- Muscle pain
- Unexplicable fever
- Red rash, mostly on face
- Chest pain while breathing deeply
- Hair loss
- Pale or purple feet and hands fingers
- Sun sensitivity
- Leg swollen or around the eyes
- Ulcers on mouth
- Swelling glands
Types of Lupus
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
It is the more common type of lupus and it affects many parts of the body
It causes a very difficult to cure rash on the skin.
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
It causes sores on different parts of the body, mostly those exposed directly to the sun.
Secondary Lupus or Drug Induced Lupus Erythematosus
It is mainly caused by using certain medicine or prescripted drugs.
It is a very rare condition that only affects babies of women who have lupus.
There are two main types of the disease
One that only affects the skin and it´s known as Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus and the other clasification that have repercussions on many organs and it is called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
The best way to take care of our body against Lupus or maintain us healthy if we already have such disease, is to visit a Rheumatologist frequently which could give you the best advices to take care of yourself and keep it in control at all times.