Today is World Lupus Day.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints and organs.
What is an autoimmune disease?
Normally, in our bodies our immune system protects us from bacteria and viruses by producing special proteins to fight these off. In a person who suffers from an autoimmune disease, the immune system isn’t able to tell the difference between a foreign invader and the body’s healthy tissue which can cause inflammation.
At least 5 million people are thought to be affected world wide.
Lupus commonly affects women of child bearing age but can also affect children and men.
Lupus can cause a number of symptoms ranging from a facial rash to debilitating fatigue to joint pain. A common myth is that Lupus is contagious and is similar to HIV. This is not the case at all and often understanding of this complex disease is quite limited.
Diagnosis can sometimes be difficult due to the intermittent nature of symptoms. It is best diagnosed with a number of different medical professionals including the General Practitioner.
There is no current cure for Lupus, however it can be managed successfully with treatment. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms and preventing long term organ damage.
World Lupus Day aims to promote the impact that Lupus has on people and in turn bring more resources to end the suffering from this disease.
If you are concerned about Lupus or have any further questions, feel free to pop by and see me in clinic.
Take care and stay healthy 😊
Dr Nora x
Information gathered from worldlupusday.org