The disease in which the immune system of the body attacks organs and tissues such as the skin, kidneys, heart and lungs is known as Lupus. The characteristic symptoms of this disease is a facial rash which appears on both cheeks that looks like the unfolded wings of a butterfly. Fatigue, fever, joint pain, chest pain and dry eyes are some of the other symptoms that have been observed in patients.
HOW IS LUPUS DIAGNOSED?
The symptoms of lupus often mimic those of other ailments and hence, the condition is a little difficult to diagnose. The general physician may recommend complete blood count, a test to evaluate the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, kidney and liver assessment, urinalysis and other lab tests to further investigate. Imaging tests and biopsy may also be needed in some cases.
HOW IS LUPUS TREATED?
Medications are used to treat Lupus. These medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antimalarial drugs, corticosteroids and immunosuppressant.
DID YOU KNOW?
This disease is more common among women and especially those of African-American, Hispanic or Asian descent.