What is Lupus?

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) – lupus – is a long-term condition causing inflammation to the joints, skin and other organs. There's no cure, but symptoms can improve if treatment starts early.

It is an autoimmune condition, where the immune system decide to attack your own body cells and damage it.

Common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness, extreme tiredness, skin rash over the nose and cheeks, weight loss, swollen glands, sensitivity to light, poor circulation in hands and toes.

What are the symptoms of lupus?

People with lupus can experience the following.

Tired, fatigued, weak

weight fluctuation

Fever.

Headaches

Butterfly shaped rash on the nose and cheeks after exposure to the sun.

Hair loss.

Chest discomfort.

Shortness of breath.

Bruising easily.

Swelling, discomfort in the joints.

Swelling in the hands, feet, belly

Abnormal color of the urine, Foamy appearing urine.

Sores in the mouth.

Change in color of the skin on the fingers and toes

Unable to think clearly, anxiety, feeling sad

How is Lupus diagnosed and treated?

Consult your health care provider.

Your healthcare provider will ask you questions about your health, perform physical exam.

They will order blood tests, imaging tests.

There are many treatments available

Medicines to treat joint pain, medicines, which can decrease the symptoms of lupus, medicines like steroids which can suppress the immune system.

What can I do to make my symptoms better?

Eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables.

Stay active. Exercise daily.

Always inform your healthcare provider about lupus, certain medicines can make the lupus worse 

Please see your healthcare provider if you have joint problems.

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about your symptoms, perform a physical exam.

If it is determined necessary, they will order blood tests, imaging tests.

 In a few cases, surgery is recommended.

What can I do to improve my Lupus?

Eat a healthy balanced diet.

Try to stay active, try walking or swimming.

Get plenty of rest.

Try relaxation techniques to manage stress.

Avoid harsh sunlight, use sunscreen with SPF 50.

Wear a wide brim hat

Do not hesitate to ask help from family, friends and healthcare professionals.It's

DO NOT do the following

Do not smoke.

Do not sit in direct sunlight or prolonged exposure to florescent lights.