Butterflies of Hope – 9th Annual Flight of the Butterflies
Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time
Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!
May 7th Lupus Fact
Along with blood work and family history, at least four of the eleven criteria of lupus from the American College of Rheumatology are usually present for lupus to be diagnosed.
- Malar rash – a butterfly shaped rash across cheeks and nose
- Skin rash – raised red patches
- Photosensitivity – unusually strong reaction to sun light, causing a rash or flare
- Mouth or nose ulcers – usually painless
- Nonerosive arthritis – inflammation in two or more joints.
- Cardio-pulmonary involvement – inflammation of the heart lining and/or lungs
- Neurologic disorder – seizures and/or psychosis
- Kidney disorder – increased protein or clumps of red cells in urine
- Blood disorder – anemia caused by damaged red cells, low white cells or low platelet count
- Immunological disorder – when your immune system attacks healthy cells
- Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) – positive blood test not induced by drugs
This is your 7th Butterfly of Hope.
We need awareness! We need a cure!
Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!
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