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Treatment Options for Lupus

Treatment Options for LupusLupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases occur when the body’s immune system attacks the body instead of invading bacteria and infections. It can cause a wide variety of symptoms and no two patients with it have the same symptoms and experience. We need to learn to treat Lupus Rash naturally.

Although there is no cure for Lupus, there are treatment options. Since Lupus is different for every person affected by it, doctors must base the treatment off of their patient’s symptoms. The following are some of the most common drugs and medications used to treat Lupus.

1. Since Lupus causes inflammation, doctors may use NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammation drugs) such as Aleve and ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and pain throughout the body or area(s) affected.

2. Antimalarial drugs are another medication used to treat and control Lupus. Although this medication was intended to treat malaria, it was found that it also helped control the immune system for those fighting Lupus.  Here is a look at how this works.

3. Corticosteroids fight inflammation caused by Lupus. Used as a fast-acting steroid, this group of drugs quickly helps with some of the painful side effects caused by the inflammation Lupus creates. This group of drugs can cause many side effects that are long-term and may cause damage to the body, especially when coming off of them quickly.

4. Immunosuppressants may be used in cases where Lupus is extremely active and harder to control. It works by suppressing the immune system so that it stops attacking the body. Because it suppresses the immune system, it has its disadvantages as well as advantages. While it slows the immune system’s attack, which helps with pain and inflammation in Lupus patients, it also weakens the body’s ability to fight infections. This may lead to increased risk of infections, illnesses, and cancer, making it more dangerous to take.

Lupus may also affect the skin. To protect their skin from the sun, people with Lupus may apply sunscreen frequently and wear more clothing to cover their skin. Home remedies, such as cod liver oil, baking soda, and olive oil may be used drugs, and steroidal creams may also be used to soothe skin rashes.

Aside from the physical treatments, if someone you love has Lupus, let them know they are loved! Be their support, and show them you care. Sometimes, that makes all the difference.

Many continue to be affected by the terrible condition, so we hope for continued medical advancements, and maybe one day in the future a cure!

What is the Cause of Lupus

What is the Cause of LupusLupus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own cells and organs, and its cause is still unknown.  However general scientific consensus is that there there is a complex interplay of internal and external causative factors that influence the development of lupus. These include hormones, genetics, and environmental stressors.

Hormones

Scientists have considered a potential hormonal link to lupus, since 9 out of 10 people who are diagnosed with the condition are females, mostly of childbearing age, between 15 and 45 years.

Estrogen is produced at far higher levels in women than in men. Furthermore, it has been observed that when estrogen levels are high, lupus symptoms are aggravated, such as prior to menstrual periods or during pregnancy.

Women appear to be more susceptible to lupus and other autoimmune diseases, however research into this hormonal link is still ongoing in the scientific community.

Genetics

Genetic factors have also been shown to be contributory factors in the development of lupus. More than 50 genes have been identified as commonly associated with lupus, and lupus sufferers are more likely to have these genes, than those who do not.

However, genetic susceptibility alone does not directly cause lupus. While lupus can develop in individuals with no family history of it, research has shown that in such cases, other autoimmune diseases in family members are more likely.

In terms of ethnicity, research has also indicated a greater vulnerability to lupus in people of African, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Island descent.

Environmental Stressors

Many researchers have concluded that environmental stressors play a significant causative role in the development of lupus.  It has been suggested that the disease may be triggered in a genetically susceptible individual by an airborne virus, a chemical, or toxins like cigarette smoke, silica, and mercury.

Other environmental triggers for lupus, (which sufferers have also reported may cause flare ups), include: ultraviolet rays from the sun and / or fluorescent light bulbs; pharmaceutical drugs that increase sun sensitivity, such as sulfa drugs, diuretics, tetracycline drugs, and penicillin or other antibiotics. In addition, certain types of blood pressure medication and seizure medication have also been known to trigger lupus. When lupus is triggered or exacerbated by use of these drugs, symptoms often improve when they are discontinued.

Severe emotional stress and physical trauma, as well as exhaustion, infections, colds, or viral illnesses, are also considered factors that can contribute to the development of lupus.  Research efforts continue to identify the multifactorial causes of lupus.