Lupus

The Tissues

Description

Systematic lupus erythematosus is a general autoimmune disease in which one’s antibodies attack a number of different tissues.

Causes

Unknown, but believed to be linked to genetic, environmental, and hormonal factors.

Commonness

24 out of 100,000 people in USA

Cure, Prevention, Management

Cure:
  • There is no cure.

Prevention:

  • There are no proven methods of prevention.

Management:

  • Medication

    • Belimumab

      • Common Side Effects: Nausea, Diarrhea, Fever, Stuffy or runny nose, Cough (bronchitis), Trouble sleeping, Leg or arm pain, Depression, Headache (migraine), Sore throat, Urinary tract infection, Decreased white blood cell count (leukopenia), Vomiting, Stomach pain

    • Immunosuppressive Drugs (e.g., hydroxychloroquine and corticosteroids [prednisone]
      • Common Side Effects: Fever or chills, Pain in the lower back, on the sides, Pain or difficulty urinating, Unusual bruising or bleeding, Blood in your urine, Stools that are bloody or black

  • Other Ways
    • Increase intake of Fish Oil
    • Avoid polyunsaturated vegetable oils
    • Eat a low-protein plant based diet
    • Avoid alfalfa sprouts
    • Include flaxseeds in diet

    • Massages

    • Yoga

    Where would a person be affected?

    • The Joints
    • The Skin (Rashes)
    • The Brain
    • Lungs
    • Kidneys
    • Blood Vessels

    Who is most likely to be affected by SLE?

    Young women are more susceptible than men (4-12 women for every man). It occurs in blacks more than whites. Those with a family history of SLE are also more vulnerable to it.