What is lupus?
It is an infection that affects any part of the body. The most common parts are the skin, joint, heart, lungs and kidney. It is a rare condition were the immune system is unable to distinguish the bacteria attacking it and generates auto anti bodies that attack the immune system itself. Your chances of survival are greater if the infection is on your skin or joint rather than on any organs of the body.
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Some of the general symptoms of lupus include general discomfort, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue. Other more serious symptoms include anemia, iron deficiency, seizure and rashes.
What causes the onset of lupus?
Extensive research has not been able to pin point the cause of lupus. We are not even sure if lupus is a disease or a collection of diseases that work together to cause the disorder. Several theories about the cause of the infection range from genetics to environment and drug use as the cause of lupus. No theory has been certified as the exact cause of the condition though.
Treatment for lupus
Several treatments are available as the cure for the disorder. The unfortunate part is that since we are unable to know the exact cause we cannot determine a drug that will cure patients but the current treatment helps patients to lead more normal lives than they are currently with the condition.
Acupuncture is used as a form of treatment, however it is not recommended. Doctors advice anti biotic treatments if you opt for acupuncture as it alone has not been proved as a cure for the condition.
Drug therapy involves the use of anti inflammatory drugs that help the immune system and makes it stronger to fight the anti bodies.
Lifestyle changes are also recommended. These require you to lead a healthy lifestyle where you eat a well balanced meal daily, skip binging on junk food and getting 5 to 7 hours of sleep daily. It also requires you to be safe in the sun and avoid exposure to the sun without protection.