LUPUS

Jacob Barnett

What is it?

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

What causes it?

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.

What is affected?

Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Treatment

While there's no cure for lupus, current treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications, such as anti-inflammatories and steroids.

How to avoid

No one knows what causes lupus, so there is no known way to prevent it. But if you have lupus, you can help manage flare-ups by:


Avoiding known triggers such as sunlight, stress, and lack of sleep

Paying careful attention to your diet and getting adequate exercise

Keeping a record of your symptoms -- when they occur, what triggers them, and how long they last -- and adjusting your routine accordingly

Good to know

1. Lupus affects nine times more women than men, and more women of color than white women

2. Lupus symptoms can differ greatly from person to person

3. Lupus may often be diagnosed with some simple tests

4. Treatment depends on the type of flare-ups you have