Lupus is an autoimmune condition in which a person’s immune system creates antibodies that attack their own tissue. Many of the symptoms are very similar to other diseases, which makes the treatment of lupus even more difficult, especially as there is no single test that can diagnose lupus categorically.
What does seem to be common to all the victims is a red rash that appears on the nose and cheeks and sometimes all over the body. The rash tends to degrade after exposure to the sun. There may also be outbreaks of unexplained fever and the person may suffer from painful arthritis in the joints. Treating lupus is impeded by the fact that lupus symptoms can constantly change. While undergoing treatment for lupus, a patient could find hair loss, mouth ulcers, headaches, chest pain and even depression. Sometimes, only part of the body is affected, like the skin, and sometimes are many areas, which makes the diagnosis and treatment of lupus difficult.
Systemic lupus can affect various organs in the body such as the lungs, which develops an inflammation in the lining causing chest pain. This, in turn, can lead to pneumonia. Very often, doctors tend to treat only the symptoms, it is difficult to diagnose the real cause. Lupus can also affect the kidneys and in such a case, the only indications could be swollen ankles and abnormal blood or urine reading. Lupus can also affect the heart, blood vessels and nervous system.
After being diagnosed with lupus its treated with corticosteroids. Doctors usually ask their patients to keep a watchful eye for any signs of outbreaks. Using a sunscreen, and stress reduction are all part of the treatment of lupus. Women who are pregnant should be particularly careful and must resort to a rapid treatment of lupus flares so that there is no threat of miscarriage. Men who have Lupus should have a PSA (prostate specific antigen) test, and women should have regular breast and gynecological tests. Both should also regularly check their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Is there a natural cure for lupus? Lupus can be treated with natural herbs? Doctors often advise patients to complete their medication with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin D and folic acid. The exercise also helps because it reduces the level of stress and in turn reduces any outbreaks.
A study begun at the Medical University of South Carolina, in collaboration with research and education of the American College of Rheumatology, has studied the effects of lupus treatment with vitamin D in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). The study is ongoing. The Lupus Foundation of America (SCA) have also done a lot of research into the causes, prevention and treatment of lupus.