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Lupus is an autoimmune disease that develops when the immune cells attack the body’s own tissues and organs resulting in their destruction. This results in repeated damage to the healthy tissues triggering widespread chronic inflammation affecting multiple organs of the body including the joints, kidneys, blood cells, skin, brain, lungs, and heart. [1] [2]

The diagnosis of lupus is difficult as the signs and symptoms caused due to it often mimic those of other conditions. The most distinctive features of lupus include a facial rash unfolding across both the cheeks, resembling the wings of a butterfly. 

Skin rashes, though a common feature of lupus, may also occur in patients with other skin disorders. [3]

What makes lupus a major cause of concern is there is no cure for this condition. Most modern treatments for lupus are aimed at relieving the symptoms and inhibiting the progress of the condition. Also, these treatments work by suppressing the activities of the immune cells putting patients at risk of repeated infections. 

Hence, there is a need to adopt natural ways to manage lupus to reduce the symptoms as well as to slow down or inhibit further tissue damage. 

What are the signs and symptoms of lupus?

The symptoms of lupus tend to vary widely among different patients. The symptoms often develop suddenly, though in some cases, they may develop slowly over a period of time. The severity as well as the duration of the symptoms changes from one patient to another. 

Most patients with lupus have a milder form of the disease characterized by recurring episodes of flaring up of the symptoms. These episodes last for a short duration. The flare-up of the symptoms is followed by a gradual improvement or even complete disappearance lasting for a variable duration of time. [4]

The cycles repeat with patients experiencing alternative periods of exacerbations followed by brief periods when they are largely asymptomatic. [5]

The symptoms of lupus depend on the specific body systems that are affected by the condition. 

The most common symptoms of this disease include:

  • Butterfly-shaped skin rash covering the cheeks and the bridge of the nose 
  • Severe fatigue
  • Joint pain, swelling, and stiffness 
  • Fever
  • Rashes on other parts of the body
  • Skin lesions that develop or worsen following sun exposure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Whitish or bluish discoloration of the fingers and toes during stressful periods or when exposed to cold 
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Memory loss

References:

  1. NHS.uk Lupus
  2. Medically Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo, MD, Lupus, May 2020
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  4. Mayo Clinic, Lupus
  5. Lupus.org
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