- May 10th is dedicated to observe World Lupus Day every year in order to secure greater attention and resources to help bring to an end the suffering caused by this potentially fatal disease.
- Lupus occurs when your body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and begins to attack your healthy tissues and organs by mistake. It is most often diagnosed in young women, between the ages of 15 and 44.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is an inflammatory disease/autoimmune disease caused when one’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissues. It can affect the lungs, blood vessels, kidneys, and the brain bringing about inflammation and tissue damage in the affected organs.
What Causes Lupus?
Whereas there is no known cause, there is evidence to suggest that Lupus can be caused by genetic factors, environmental factors, viruses and infections. However, further study is being undertaken to understand the causes better and thereby improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.
What are the Symptoms of Lupus
It is usually difficult to diagnose Lupus since it mimics other diseases. No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. The main symptom however is a facial rash that looks like the wings of a butterfly. Other symptoms include: fatigue, swelling joints, pains and stiffness of joints, sensitivity to the sun, mouth ulcers, unusual hair loss, fevers, headaches, memory losses and shortness of breath, and persistent chest pains
How is Lupus Diagnosed?
There is no specific test for diagnosing Lupus. Doctors usually test your medical history and physical exam and perform blood tests, urine tests, or biopsies to make a diagnosis.
Who is at risk of getting Lupus?
As mentioned earlier, Lupus is common in women who range between ages 15 years to 45 years. People who have a history of Lupus in their family are also at a high risk of getting it. It has also been found that certain races such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino, Native Americans are prone to getting Lupus.
Can you treat Lupus?
Currently, there is no cure for lupus. However, Lupus can be managed by:
- Treating the symptoms of Lupus
- Reducing the damage on the organs and joints affected.
- Preventing lupus flares from occuring.
Celebrating World Lupus Day on March 10th
The World Lupus Federation and lupus warriors lead in the celebration of world Lupus day in May, 10th of each year to raise awareness and educate people around the world about the causes, symptoms and health effects of lupus.
To learn more about Lupus and participate in the world Lupus day, 2020, go to https://www.lupus.org