Lupus was a frequent topic of conversation when there were concerns about the availability of certain medications during the beginning of the pandemic. However, not much more was ever said, and it’s a condition everyone should know a bit about.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder, which causes a person’s immune system to attack the healthy cells and tissue in their body. As a result, it causes painful inflammation throughout the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, brain, heart, lungs and even the blood cells.
It’s unknown exactly what causes lupus, but most doctors believe that some people have a natural tendency toward lupus, with a connection between hormones, genetics and environmental causes. For example, an infection or certain drugs can trigger it. Even sunlight can trigger lupus.
There are several types of lupus. Unfortunately, all of them involve painful skin irritations. The most common of these, occurring in many lupus patients, is a rash across the face that looks like a butterfly’s wings spreading across the cheeks.
What are the Symptoms of Lupus?
There are various symptoms that patients with lupus suffer. They include several things, including fatigue, fever and joint pain. In addition, there may be stiffness or swelling in the joints. Shortness of breath, chest pain and headaches can all be lupus symptoms. There can also be confusion and memory loss in some patients. You may also get skin lesions that show up or get worse when in the sun. And, your fingers and toes may be hypersensitive with cold temperatures, turning blue.
Over 90% of lupus patients suffer from skin rashes. The rash is bright red patches of skin with lesions and raised bumps. In addition to the skin rashes, cold sores and other skin irritation frequently occur for many patients with lupus. The skin can also develop scabs and scarring with hair loss.
Is There a Treatment for Lupus?
Dr. Weisman is a dermatologist specializing in helping people get real, long-term relief from the skin problems lupus presents. She doesn’t stop with just symptom relief, but pursues real treatment through creams, oral therapy or steroid creams.
Contact Medical Dermatology Specialists online or call (404) 939-9220 for more information and treatment for lupus.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.
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