Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. Normally the body’s immune system makes proteins called antibodies, to protect the body against viruses, bacteria, and other foreign materials. These foreign materials are called antigens.

If you have lupus, your immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake. This can damage your joints, skin, blood vessels and organs. There are many kinds of lupus. The most common type, systemic lupus erythematosus, affects many parts of the body. Discoid lupus causes a rash that doesn’t go away. Subacute cutaneous lupus causes sores after being out in the sun. Another type can be caused by medication. Neonatal lupus, which is rare, affects newborns.

Symptoms of Lupus

For most lupus sufferers, including Jane, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs. For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems.

No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly, may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent. Most people with lupus experience episodes called “flares” of worsening signs and symptoms that eventually improve or even disappear completely for a time.
Lupus can be hard to diagnose because its symptoms can vary from one person to the next. The symptoms can also make lupus look like certain other diseases. For example, like Chantelle, people with lupus may feel weak and fatigued. They may have muscle aches, loss of appetite, swollen glands, and hair loss. Sometimes they have abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Most people with lupus develop skin rashes.These rashes are often an important clue to the diagnosis. In addition to the butterfly rash over the cheeks and bridge of the nose, other common skin symptoms include skin sores or flaky red spots on the arms, hands, face, neck, or back; mouth or lip sores; and a scaly, red, or purple raised rash on the face, neck, scalp, ears, arms, and chest.

Causes of Lupus

Lupus is not known it is likely that there is no single cause but a combination of genetic, environmental, and possibly hormonal factors that work together to cause the disease. Lupus is not contagious-you can’t catch it from someone. No specific “lupus gene” has been found, but it does run in families.

The causes of lupus are not completely understood, the disease is believed to result from an interplay of genetic, environmental (such as ultraviolet light, stress, infections, certain drugs and chemicals) and hormonal factors.

Although an identical twin is much more likely to have lupus if her identical sibling has lupus, the likelihood of developing the disease in the unaffected twin is not 100%. Despite the nearly identical genetic makeup of identical twins, the probability of the unaffected twin developing the disease if the other twin has it is around 30-50% or less.

Sun exposure (ultraviolet light) is a known environmental agent that can worsen rashes of lupus patients and sometimes trigger a flare of the entire disease.

Doctors don’t know what causes autoimmune diseases, such as lupus. It’s likely that lupus results from a combination of your genetics and your environment. Doctors believe that you may inherit a predisposition to lupus, but not lupus itself. Instead, people with an inherited predisposition for lupus may only develop the disease when they come into contact with something in the environment that can trigger lupus, such as a medication or a virus.


7 thoughts on “What Is Lupus Disease Treatment

    1. Anonymous

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease so the principal treatment is immunosuppressive medication. The severity of the disease determines what specific drugs are used. Mild lupus may be treated simply with NSAIDs and corticosteroids. More severe cases of the disease may require more drastic options such as cytotoxic agents that kill some of the cells of the immune system.

      EDIT: Examples of cytotoxic agents include azathioprine, mycophenylate mofetil, cyclophosphamide, etc.

  1. Mercedes16_90!!

    If someone has lupus what are the treatments for this disease and my mom has huge lumps on her leg and side.?
    My mom has lupus and she has huge lumps all over her leg and she went to the emergency room this morning but all the doctors that she’s been to in South Carolina have no clue what to do and so they can’t help her and I need help because it does not help when I have Cerebral Palsy and NOW she has lupus.

    Someone please help me because I want to help my mother but I do not know how. Also she had one lump surgically removed about 2 years ago and now it’s back.

    i’m only 16 and I need help to help my mother because it hurts me to see her in so much unneeded pain and the doctors don’t know what to do and so if there’s a doctor or someone out there who specializes in the treatment of this disease please help me out. because how doctors supposed to be helpful to someone but they don’t know how to help me mother out???

    SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME, HELP HER.
    WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY MOTHER? BECAUSE SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS.

  2. love.is.all.you.need.

    What are treatment options for lupus?
    also, what are long term effects of the disease? are there any ways to prevent the occurrence?

    1. Linda R

      The treatment goals in lupus are to reduce symptoms and prevent permanent damage. This is accomplished through the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, immunosuppressive medications, biologics and chemotherapy. The specific medications depend on what body parts are affected by the lupus and the severity of the autoimmune activity.

      If a patient is a good self manager, is compliant with the treatment regimen, and is proactive about overall health a lupus patient can generally expect to live a normal life span. However, every drug we take has some toxic side effect. There has not been a new drug approved by the FDA specifically for the treatment of lupus since November 20, 1958!

      Long term effects depend on what organs are affected and how severly. What is know for certain is that lupus patients have double the risk of cardiovascular events brought on by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

      Since the cause of lupus is not understood, there is no known way to prevent it.

      Lupus is not contagious. Lupus is not sexually transmitted. Lupus is not HIV/AIDS. Lupus is not cancer.

  3. Sanjay K

    Do Homeopathy has proper medicine for SLE or any other Alternatives mediums other than Allopathy?
    Is HomeoPathy treats SLE Disease stright away. If it has what is the treatment? Is it proven and if it is proven what is the proff? Is there any alternative medicines other than Allopathy for this treatment. Here SLE Refers: Systemic lupus erythematosus disease

  4. Recently diagnosed

    Lupus and grave’s Disease ?
    I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and Graves Disease. What I dont understand is how can I have Grave’s disease if I had a partial thyroid removal almost 10 years ago. Is this normal? I have been really feeling sick off and on for the last 3 months with the usual symptons of Lupus. Im really scared and don’t know what to expect. I just started treatment but I was told it will take 3-6 months to take effect. Does anyone have any suggestions. I feel so helpless and tired all the time.

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