All about Rash Lupus

Posted on 21. Jul, 2012 by in General Health Concerns

What is it?

Lupus is chronic, autoimmune disease that can affect the joints. This happens when the immune cells abnormally attack the own body’s tissues. Lupus also can affect organs such as the kidney, heart, skin, lungs, and the brain, resulting to inflammation and damage of tissues.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Joint pain

Aching muscles and joint pain are famous signs of lupus. Like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus also affects the body symmetrically.

  • Fever and fatigue

People starting to develop lupus will experience low-grade fever and mild fatigue, which is enough to leave them restless, and disrupts their everyday activities.

  • Butterfly Rash

It’s a pink, flaky rash that occurs over the bridge of nose, across the cheeks. As its name suggest, its shape resembles a butterfly.

  • Light sensitivity

Sensitivity to light is common people suffering from lupus. Lupus flares occur when the patient is exposed to ultraviolet light for a long period of time; it also aggravates other symptoms.

  • Changes in nails

Blood vessels under the nail bed are affected by lupus. They become inflamed, and cause red spots to appear on the nails; they also become brittle. Even the neighboring skin swells.

  • Raynaud’s phenomenon

This occurs when the blood of the small blood vessels under the skin are disrupted, causing the fingers and toes to become numb, cold, tingly and painful; the fingers and toes may also turn blue or red.

  • Hair loss

Patients can experience hair loss, or thinning of hair, and then enter a period of abatement.  After hair loss, new and healthy hair grows back.

 

 

 

How is Rash lupus Diagnosed?

Lupus is an intricate disorder that can be difficult to determine because it shares several characteristics with other diseases. As lupus affects each person in different ways, it could take an uncertain period of time, even for the person, to perceive that he or she has lupus.

The physician will take record of the symptoms, and perform other physical examinations. An anti nuclear bodies test, or ANA, is done to gauge certain antibodies and proteins that appears in the blood. Examinations that involve cell counts, organ function, and ability to clot blood are also performed.

Risks of Blood Test

  • Acquirement of a small bruise
  • Swollen vein
  • Bleeding

Who Can Acquire Lupus?

Everyone can develop any form of lupus. But women are more susceptible to it than men. More than five million people are affected by lupus worldwide. Certain races are also more vulnerable to lupus than others: Asian, Latino, and Africa-American.

Medications for Rash lupus

A cure for lupus has not yet been found by medical researchers. But there are variety of treatments that can be done to prevent bone deformity and aggravation of symptoms. A patient could take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen to remedy pain, swelling, and tenderness of the joint.

Corticosteroids like prednisone diminish the inflammation of lupus, though it can pose side-effects like diabetes, infection, and weight gain. Antimalarial drugs reduce the appearances of rashes and prevent joint pain from worsening.

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