10 May World Lupus Day
World Lupus Day
World Lupus Day is dedicated to raising awareness about lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects millions of people around the world.
World Lupus Day is an annual event that takes place on May 10th. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects millions of people around the world. In this article, we will discuss what lupus is, when the disease was discovered, its symptoms and signs, how it is diagnosed, and what treatments are available.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. This can lead to inflammation and damage in various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, and lungs. There are several types of lupus, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), and drug-induced lupus.
When was Lupus Discovered?
The first recorded case of lupus dates back to the 13th century. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the disease was recognized as a distinct medical condition. In 1851, a French dermatologist named Pierre Louis Alphée Cazenave described a skin disorder that he called lupus erythematosus. Over the years, researchers have made significant progress in understanding the disease and developing effective treatments.
What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?
The symptoms and signs of lupus can vary widely from person to person. Some common symptoms include:
- Joint pain and swelling
- Skin rash, often on the face (also known as the “butterfly rash”)
- Photosensitivity (sensitivity to sunlight)
- Mouth and nose sores
- Raynaud’s phenomenon (discoloration of fingers and toes in response to cold or stress)
- Hair los
How is Lupus Diagnosed?
Diagnosing lupus can be challenging, as the symptoms can be similar to those of other diseases. A doctor will typically begin by conducting a physical exam and taking a detailed medical history. They may also order blood tests, such as an antinuclear antibody (ANA) test or a complete blood count (CBC). In some cases, a skin biopsy or kidney biopsy may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis.
What Treatments are Available for Lupus?
There is currently no cure for lupus, but treatments are available to help manage the symptoms and prevent complications. Treatment options may include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and inflammation
- Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system
- Immunosuppressants to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammation
- Antimalarials to reduce inflammation and prevent disease flares
- Biologic therapies to target specific cells or molecules involved in the immune response
- Lifestyle changes, such as getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding triggers that can worsen symptoms.
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Our expertly trained staff will be with you throughout the infusion process to ensure easy referrals and insurance authorizations and reduce the cost of your infusion where we can. At Pure Infusion Suites, you will skip the long lines at the hospital and be provided with your suite, where you can enjoy your favorite shows, snacks, and food during your infusion appointment. If you have been prescribed an IV treatment for Lupus and are looking for a patient-focused infusion experience, call us at 855.550.3358
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