Lupus Awareness Month Fact 22

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May 22nd Lupus Fact

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 22

Anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-malarials, and steroids, such as prednisone, are used to treat lupus. Cytotoxic chemotherapies similar to those given in the treatment of cancer are also used to suppress the immune system in lupus patients. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was approved by the FDA for lupus in 1955 HCQ and Corticosteroids like prednisone were the only real treatment for SLE for 56 years. Finally in 2011 Benlysta was approved by the FDA for the treatment of lupus.

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 21

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May 21st Lupus Fact

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 21

Chilblain lupus is a rare type of chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE). It is characterized by red or violaceous papules and plaques located on acral areas. Specifically, the majority of chilblain lesions develop on the knee, calves, toes, fingers and elbows. People with Raynaud’s disease are more susceptible to chilblains.

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 20

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May 20th Lupus Fact

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 20

DEALING WITH LUPUS ITSELF IS STRESSFUL. MANY PEOPLE WITH LUPUS CAN SUFFER FROM PERIODS OF DEPRESSION. LUPUS CAN CAUSE STRESS THAT SIGNALS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TO ACTIVATE AND CAUSES INFLAMMATION. IN PEOPLE WITH LUPUS, EVERY DAY STRESSORS AND STRESS FROM HAVING LUPUS HAS DIRECT CONSEQUENCES, NOT ONLY ON THEIR OVERALL HEALTH, BUT ALSO ON THEIR DISEASE.

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 19

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May 19th Lupus Fact

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 19

Lupus fog is a general name for the cognitive impairments that often appear with lupus, including concentration and memory problems, confusion, and difficulty expressing yourself. These cognitive problems are often worse during flares. About half of lupus warriors report dealing with lupus fog. Lupus fog can be attributed to lupus affecting the central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord. Lupus can also affect the peripheral nervous system, made up of nerve fibers that give skin and muscles power of feeling and movement.

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 18

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May 18th Lupus Fact

To treat lupus, doctors use very strong medications that often have serious side effects. Immunosuppressant drugs are commonly prescribed for lupus warriors. Just like the name suggests, these drugs suppress the immune system, which stops the immune system’s ability to attack the body. However, it also puts people at a higher risk for catching illnesses and developing cancer. Benlysta is the only one drug specifically designed to treat lupus and was developed 50 years after the first diagnosis of lupus.
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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 17

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May 17 Lupus Fact

More than 90% of people with lupus have skin rashes, often triggered by exposure to the sun. Lupus warriors are particularly susceptible to sunburn which may lead to “prolonged erythema” (redness) and extreme fatigue. Sunlight may also cause the development of new lupus skin lesions and more lupus flares.

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Lupus Awareness Fact 14

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May 14th Lupus Fact

Lupus Fact 14

There are four main types of lupus: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Cutaneous lupus erythematosus, Drug-induced lupus erythematosus and Neonatal lupus. Systemic lupus is the most common form of lupus. Cutaneous lupus is limited to the skin and can cause many types of rashes and lesions. Drug induced lupus is lupus-like disease caused by certain prescription drugs and neonatal lupus is a rare condition that affects infants of women who have lupus.

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 13

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May 13th Lupus Fact

Battling lupus can be very difficult, not only physically, but monetarily. The yearly cost of treatment for lupus warriors ranges between $12,600 – $60,000 per lupus warrior depending upon treatments and severity of the manifestation of the disease.

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 12

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May 12th Lupus Fact

Significant hair loss can occur with lupus With lupus, there are generally two forms of hair loss. One is related to discoid lupus and results in scarring. The other is non-scarring. Scarring alopecia most commonly results from lupus associated with discoid lupus or subacute cutaneous lupus. In these conditions, lupus interferes with the normal function of the hair follicle. With systemic lupus, hair loss can be either diffuse (all over) or localized. When it is localized it occurs most commonly on the front part of the scalp. Many short hairs at the front of the scalp have been coined “lupus hairs.” Hair loss may occur only in the scalp or may involve other regions of the body such as eyebrows, eyelashes, and body hair.


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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 11

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May 11th Lupus Fact

The exact cause of lupus is unknown however, experts have linked lupus to genetic predisposition and external factors, including exposure to ultraviolet light, extreme stress, infections and hormones. Lupus can also be triggered by certain medications.

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