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What is Lupus?

A chronic inflammatory skin disease, lupus affects when your body’s immune system starts attacking your own organs and tissues. The burning sensation caused by lupus can spread to body parts and systems including skin, joints, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. This condition may be difficult to diagnose as its signs ands symptoms are very similar to the some other skin problems such as lichen planus and eczema. The most typical sign of lupus is in form of facial rashes that look like wings of butterfly unfolding across cheeks. But this may not necessarily occur in all people with the condition.

There are people who may have tendency for lupus by birth and in others it may be triggered by some infections, medicines or exposure to sun’s UV rays.

What are the symptoms of this condition?

Signs and symptoms of lupus vary from person to person as some people experience it in mild form while others may be severely affected. The symptoms may also surface in 'flare-ups'. This implies that you always have the mild signs of this disease but the flare-up causes the symptoms to become more severe and some new problems may appear.

This skin condition can therefore be accompanied by:

  • Fatigue and fever – you may feel tired even though your sleeping pattern is normal and there may be fever of 100.5 F or more
  • Joint pain on hands or feet
  • Butterfly patterned rashes on face, covering cheeks and nose bridge
  • Lesions that appear on skin and become worse with exposure to sun
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon - fingers and toes turning white or blue in cold temperature or during stressful periods
  • Breathlessness
  • Pain in chest
  • Dryness of eyes
  • Frequent headaches, perplexity and memory loss
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Oedema (swelling and fluid retention) in ankles

What causes lupus?

Lupus is an auto immune condition – this implies that it is caused by problems in the immune system. When the immune system detects presence of infectious agents like virus and bacteria, it transmits specialist proteins called antibodies to kill them and protect body against illness. But lupus occurs when immune system starts to attack healthy tissues, cells and organs of the body.

According to some studies, this condition is usually caused by combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some possible triggers include prolonged exposure to sunlight and medications. Anti seizure drugs, antibiotics and medicines for blood pressure may cause rashes and lesions along with other symptoms of lupus.

Am I at risk of developing lupus?

Skin problems including lupus can affect anyone at any age but you may be more prone to the condition if you:

  • Are a woman
  • Are aged between 15 and 40 years
  • Are from Asian, Hispanic or African American ethnicity

How to prevent this condition?

The exact causes of lupus being unknown, it is not quite possible to prevent it. However, if this condition has affected you, the following precautions and lifestyle changes can help to control the flare-ups:

  • Avoid exposing yourself to excessive sunlight – use protective accessories such as hat, scarf, and dark goggles while stepping out in the sun. Also wear a sunscreen with SPF of 40 more.
  • Get adequate rest and at least 7 hours of sleep every night
  • Stop smoking – smoking increases risk of heart and other vascular diseases while worsening the effects of lupus on heart and blood vessels
  • Exercise regularly – this will help you to recover from flares, help you fight stress and promote personal health
  • Take a healthy diet – include fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet but consult your doctor for a more suitable diet plan if you have other health concerns such as high blood pressure, kidney damage and gastrointestinal problems
  • Maintain a record of your lupus symptoms – the time of the day they worsen, what factors trigger them, and make changes in your routine accordingly.

Treatment at Skin Alive

In treating lupus, the aim is to relieve the irksome symptoms, bring down the burning sensation produced by rashes, ease and prevent flares, and prevent damage to body organs. Physicians often prescribe non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs for treatment of pain, swelling and fever that accompanies lupus. The experienced team of dermatologists at Skin Alive knows what skin needs and we treat your lupus problems with a customised blend of oral medications and topical ointments.

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A team of qualified dermatologists and their experience in treating a variety of skin problems helps Skin Alive to provide precise therapies for diseases. When you visit us for treatment of lupus that has some painful symptoms, we consider all the signs to provide you maximum relief. Our doctors also guide you on healthy diet plans and lifestyle changes to speed up the results of treatment.

At Skin Alive, you are treated in an environment conducive to relaxation and general well being. We work to give you the even skin tone, texture and improved radiance that you desire.

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