Understanding this disease…What is Lupus?
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with or are being evaluated for possible lupus, you will want to know as much as you can about the disease. “Understanding Lupus” will provide you with a guide to lupus so that you can better understand what lupus is.
What is Lupus?
This section will provide you with an overview of what lupus is and is not. How does lupus affect the body and how prevalent is lupus in the United States.
What Causes Lupus?
No one knows what causes lupus. Scientists think that people are born with the genes to develop lupus and that something brings on or “triggers” the disease and symptoms. However, a combination of genetics (heredity), environment, and hormones is involved.
Forms of Lupus
There are generally four recognized forms or types of lupus: Cutaneous (skin) Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Drug-induced Erythematosus and Neonatal Lupus. This section will discuss in more detail the different forms of lupus and how they can affect you.
What are the Symptoms of Lupus?
Symptoms of lupus vary widely depending on the individual case and the form of lupus present. Most people with lupus do not experience all of these symptoms. The section only serves to alert people to clues that might indicate the presence of lupus in an undiagnosed person.
What Kind of Doctors Treat Lupus?
The type of doctor or doctors that you may have treating your lupus will depend on the form of lupus you have and how the lupus is specify affecting you. It is not uncommon for a person with lupus to have a group or team of doctors working together to help develop the best treatment plan for you.
What are the Risks for Developing Lupus?
Many risk factors attribute to the development of lupus. This section will provide an overview on various risk factors that may contribute to the development of lupus.
Prognosis and Hopeful Future
We now know more about lupus than ever before. Dedicated researchers are on the brink of significant breakthroughs in the underlying science of the immune system, while public awareness and understanding continue to grow. Improvements in diagnosis, a greater understanding of how medications can work together to control symptoms, and increased knowledge of the effects of the disease have allowed better management of lupus over time. Today people with lupus are leading healthier lives and living longer than at any time in history.