is Lupus? Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is also called systemic lupus
erythematosus (SLE). SLE is the most common form of lupus. Lupus has both
acute and chronic inflammation of various tissues of the body. Lupus is
diagnosed when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy organs and
tissue. Lupus can affect any part of the body, causing inflammation and damage
in joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels or even the brain. More
than 90% of people with lupus have skin rashes, often triggered by exposure to
the sun. About 50% of people with lupus have kidney and lung problems.
Because lupus affects the joints, it is considered a
rheumatic arthritis disease. Antibodies
and accompanying cells of inflammation can affect tissues anywhere in the body.
This means that lupus can cause disease of the heart, kidneys, joints, lungs and
nervous system. Lupus can affect all ages but most commonly begins from 20-
45 years of age.
Lupus dermatitis - If
only the skin is involved, the condition is called lupus dermatitis or
cutaneous lupus erythematosus.
Discoid lupus - is when
lupus effects only the skin, without internal disease. The skin rash
in discoid lupus often is found on the face and scalp. It usually is red and
may have raised borders. These rashes are usually painless and do not
itch. Scarring can cause permanent hair loss. Discoid lupus is eight times
more common in women than in men.
erythematosus (SLE) - when internal organs are involved. More than
50% of the people with SLE develop a characteristic red, flat facial rash
over the bridge of their nose called the “butterfly rash” because of
it's shape. The rash is painless and does not itch. The facial rash, plus
inflammation in other organs, can be precipitated or worsened by exposure to
sunlight. This photosensitivity is often accompanied by worsening of
inflammation throughout the body. Most people with SLE will develop
arthritis during the course of their illness.
Arthritis involves swelling, pain, stiffness,
and even deformity of the small joints of the hands, wrists, and feet. The
arthritis of SLE can mimic that of rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation of
muscles can cause muscle pain and weakness. Other serious organ involvement
with inflammation occurs in the brain, liver, and kidneys. White blood cells
and blood-clotting factors are decreased in this form of lupus. SLE is eight
times more common common in women than in men.
Sunlight Exposure to the sun can bring on lupus skin
lesions or trigger an internal response in those people who are susceptible.
Having a chronic infection can initiate lupus or cause a relapse.
Lupus can be triggered by certain types of anti-seizure medications,
blood pressure medications and antibiotics. People who have drug-induced lupus usually see their symptoms go away
when they stop taking the medication.
What Causes Lupus? The causes of lupus is unknown, but genetics and
environment play a part. Lupus usually first affects people 15 to 45 years old,
but ican also happen in childhood or later in life. Lupus is a long-lasting
disease and symptoms will come and go. More women than men have lupus, so
researchers think hormones play a role in the disease. Some believe
lupus may develop after a person is infected with an organism that looks like
particular proteins in the body, thereby creating an autoimmune state in which the
body attacks these by mistake. Lupus also seems to run in families, but the
likelihood that a child, brother or sister of a person will have lupus is low.
Lupus is more common in black women and women of Hispanic, Asian and Native
American descent than in Caucasian women.
Homeopathic Remedies for Lupus
Arsenicum For lupus treatment with swelling of the eyes,
headaches, fever and itching. Gastric, intestinal, and kidney diseases.
Rhus Toxicodendron For lupus symptoms with lower back pain, stiffness
in and around the tail bone and pelvis. Pain and tightness in this area
could be accompanied by bruising. Swollen and painful joints. Pain is better
with massage, heat, gentle motion.
Ruta graveolens For lupus symptoms with arthritis. Feeling of great stiffness. Tendons
and capsules of the joints can be deeply affected or damaged by lupus.
Better with heat, motion.