About Lupus


Lupus is a complex and poorly understood illness. It is an autoimmune disorder which causes the immune system to turn against your body. The immune system is designed to protect the body from ‘invaders’ such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and other nasties like these. A healthy immune system makes proteins called antibodies, which protect the body from antigens such as viruses and bacteria. In lupus, the immune system cannot tell the difference between the bad guys (the antigens) and the good guys (healthy body tissues), so the antibodies attack everything left, right and centre, with all its got.  This results in “inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs"; and other organs. Lupus can potentially affect everything and anything in the body. The immune system is very powerful; after all it can destroy viruses and bacteria, so when it attacks the body, it is easy to see why lupus is so damaging.

Lupus is notoriously hard to diagnose and it often takes years to diagnose. I had been showing symptoms from the age of six, but it was not until I was twenty-one years old that I was diagnosed. Because it can affect any part of the body, lupus is often misdiagnosed as other illnesses and the symptoms are often vague. This is why lupus is called “The Great Mimic”, because the symptoms mimic those of other illnesses. 
There are several different types of lupus. These include:  


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)


Compared with other lupus types, SLE is the most widespread, dangerous and damaging type. It can potentially attack any part of the body, often affecting multiple organs and systems. It is also one of the most debilitating types of lupus.  


Discoid lupus


Discoid lupus (also known as cutaneous lupus), primarily affects the skin, but rarely affects the organs or joints. Symptoms include skin lesions, scarring, hair loss, hyperpigmentation, mouth sores and rashes. The rashes are sometimes aggravated by sunlight. There are various subtypes of skin lupus, including bullous lupus and tumid lupus . In bullous lupus, the patient suffers from large blisters that form on the skin. 

FURTHER INFO ABOUT OTHER TYPES OF LUPUS AND MORE LUPUS INFO WILL BE POSTED SOON. PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE. THIS SECTION IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. 


No comments:

Post a Comment

If you have any comments or suggestions, please do share with me