Today World Lupus Day and May is Lupus Awareness Month.
So, what is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects all parts of the body inside and out. Currently it has no cure and it's thought to be genetic in origin. More than 5 million people worldwide are affected by Lupus and its more common in women than in men.
How it affects the body
|Mild||joint and skin problems, tiredness|
|Moderate||inflammation of other parts of the skin and body, including your lungs, heart and kidneys|
|Severe||inflammation causing severe damage to the heart, lungs, brain or kidneys can be life threatening|
Lupus symptoms can flare-up and down and flare-ups can last weeks; sometimes longer. Individuals can them go into remission with their symptoms yet it is not yet know why the condition goes up and down. For some individuals the symptoms are constant are their are nor flare-ups and remissions.
Medication is also used to help treat Lupus symptoms alongside other lifestyle changes such as eating healthily, getting plenty of rest, being as active as possible, staying protected in the sun and trying to manage stress levels.