What is lupus?
1.5 million Americans are affected with lupus. Lupus is a condition wherein the immune system itself attacks the body. It might affect different parts of the body. The main parts which are getting affected by lupus are skin, joints, kidney etc. it is also found in blood in some cases.
Types of lupus
Among the lupus affected people, 90 percent are women. The lupus is found in different forms. The person suffering from lupus might feel inflammation and pain in the area.
There are four types of lupus. They are:
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
- Drug-induce Lupus Erythematosus
- Neonatal Lupus
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: This particular lupus might be considered as the most dangerous form of lupus.
- Inflammation of brain
- High blood pressure
- Inflammation of kidneys
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Inflammation of nervous system
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus: It is a type of lupus which affects the skin. Rashes appear on the body as big butterflies. This is known as butterfly rash. It might be visible on the on the cheeks and nose.
Drug-induce Lupus Erythematosus: As the name indicates this type of lupus caused by the use of any drug.
- Rashes on the chest area
Neonatal Lupus: This type of lupus is found very rarely. It might affect the newborn through the mother.
- Low count of the blood cells
- Rashes on the skin
- Liver problems
The symptoms of lupus might change in their severity from person to person. The symptoms might be mild or severe.
The primary symptoms of lupus are:
- Rashes on different body parts
- Giddiness and headache
The other important symptoms are:
- Damage of the organ
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- Swelling of glands, eyes, legs etc
- Discoloration of toes and fingers
Lupus symptoms in teens
The records show that women are more likely to get lupus than men. The ratio is 1:10. The hormone presence is said to be the reason for lupus in young women.
The primary lupus symptoms in teens are:
- Swelling of glands
- Hair loss
- Stomach pain
Percentage of Symptoms of the Lupus Erythematosus:
|5.||Rashes and Lesions||65|
|6.||Headache, Memory Loss and Depression||50|
|7.||Irritation with Light||40-60|
|10.||Ulcers in Mouth and Nose||12|
|11.||Connective Tissue Disorders||10|