LUPUS AFFECTS 1.5 MILLION AMERICANS, AND MILLIONS MORE WORLDWIDE.
BUT WHAT'S EVEN MORE ALARMING, IS LUPUS DISCRIMINATES AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICAN, LATINA, AND NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN.
WITH MORE AND MORE PEOPLE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISEASE,
THERE IS AN URGENT NEED TO EDUCATE BRONX RESIDENTS ABOUT LUPUS.
YASMIN SANTIAGO, IS THE BRONX LUPUS OUTREACH COUNSELOR, FOR THE S.L.E LUPUS FOUNDATION, A PROGRAM THAT IS DESIGNED TO AID PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH LUPUS. ALONGSIDE YASMIN IS LENA MORGAN, A 40 YEAR OLD SURVIVER OF THE DISEASE.
Only a doctor can diagnose lupus. If you think you or someone you know has Lupus, see a doctor may prescribe a variety of medications for the Lupus patient.
If you have Lupus, you may need extra rest. Try to avoid stressful situations, and stay out of the sun. Some people should avoid sunlight because it may worsen the disease.
We do not know what causes Lupus, but researchers are looking for a cure. Researchers also are improving ways to detect and treat the disease. ...
Red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the bridge of the nose.
Painful or swollen joints.
Chest pain with breathing.
Unusual loss of hair.
Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress.
Sensitivity to the sun.
Low blood count.
These signs are more important when they occur together.
Other signs of lupus can include mouth sores, unexplained fits or convulsions, hallucinations, or depression; repeated miscarriages; and unexplained kidney problems.
Signs of Lupus can include mouth sores, unexplained fits or convulsions, hallucinations, or depression; repeated miscarriages, and unexplained kidney problems.
Signs of lupus tend to come and go. There are times when the disease quiets down or goes into remission. At other times lupus flares up or become active. ...
In Lupus, something goes wrong with the body’s immune system, and this powerful protective system is no longer able to defend the body against illness. Lupus may affect the joints, the skin, the kidneys, the lungs, the hearts, or the brain.
There are Three Types of Lupus:
Systemic Lupus erythematosus the most serious form of Lupus, which may harm the skin mouth, kidneys, brain, lungs, and heart.
Lupus that mainly affects the skin (discoid or cutaneous lupus).
Lupus caused by medications (drug-induced lupus), which goes away when the medication is stopped. ...
Lupus is a serious health problem that mainly affects young women. Most people with Lupus first get it as teenagers or as young adults. People of all races may get Lupus. However, black women are three times more likely to develop lupus than white women.
You cannot catch Lupus from someone else. You cannot give Lupus to someone else. Lupus is not cancer. It is not AIDS. ...
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The Lupus Foundation estimates that at least six and half million people worldwide, have a form of lupus.
Although lupus can strike men and women of all ages, 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women. Most people will develop lupus between the ages of 15-44.
Systemic lupus accounts for approximately 70 percent of all cases of lupus. In approximately half of these cases, a major organ, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys or brain, will be affected. Cutaneous lupus (affecting only the skin) accounts for approximately 10 percent of all lupus cases. Drug-induced lupus accounts for about 10 percent of all lupus cases and is caused by high doses of certain medications. The symptoms of drug-induced lupus are similar to systemic lupus; however, symptoms usually subside when the medications are discontinued.
In approximately 10 percent of all cases, individuals will have symptoms and signs of more than one connective tissue disease, including lupus. A physician may use the term "overlap syndrome" or "mixed connective tissue disease" to describe the illness.
20 percent of people with lupus will have a parent or sibling who already has lupus or may develop lupus.
About 5 percent of the children born to individuals with lupus will develop the illness.
Lupus is two to three times more prevalent among African Caribbean and Asian women than among Caucasian women.
It is difficult to determine the annual number of new lupus cases, or the number of individuals who die from health complications of the disease. However, due to improved diagnosis and disease management, most people with the disease will go on to live a normal life span. However, it is believed that between 10-15 percent of people with lupus will die prematurely due to complications of lupus.
The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report in May 2002 which indicated that deaths attributed to lupus increased over a 20-year period, particularly among African and Caribbean women ages 45-64. However, it is not clear if the rise is the result of an actual increase in lupus mortality or better identification and reporting of deaths due to complications of the disease. Trends in Deaths from SLE -- United States, 1979 - 1998
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