Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its tissues and organs. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disease. Lupus causes inflammation and affects different body systems including the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.
The causes of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus are sunlight, infections and medications.
The risk factors for SLE are gender, age and race.
The symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus are similar to that of other conditions making it difficult to diagnose. The most distinctive symptom is the facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly across the cheeks. Other symptoms are skin rashes that worsen with exposure to the sun, dry eyes, chest pain, shortness of breath, memory loss and headache.
Most times, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is difficult to diagnose. The laboratory diagnoses of SLE are by skin biopsy, complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), antinuclear antibody (ANA) test, other antibody tests, renal function test, liver function test, urinalysis and biomarkers.
Treatment of Lupus is by taking certain prescribed medications. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus can be prevented by managing stress, regular exercise, not smoking, a healthy diet, and the consumption of less alcohol.
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