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Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE)

Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE)


  • Systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) is otherwise known as “LUPUS”
  • Lupus is a disease of 1000 faces means it can affect 1000 different people in 1000 different patterns
  • Lupus is an autoimmune disease where body’s immune system attacks own tissue and produce inflammation. This attack can occur at any sites of the body (skin, blood, kidney and brain)
  • Most commonly affects young females though it can also affect the pediatric population
  • Most common symptoms are fatigue and joint pain
  • Other symptoms include skin rash, rash over the face (Malar Rash), hair loss, oral ulcer and pedal edema
  • Apart from this can affect the kidney because of which there will be passage of more protein in the urine
  • Some time patient might have depression, psychosis and seizure disorder
  • It can cause anemia and low platelet count due to attack on the RBCs and platelet
  • Don't get panic once you are diagnose with lupus and don't think you will have all the symptoms of lupus as lupus is different for everybody
  • Once you diagnose with LUPUS you should consult with a rheumatologist, as it needs a specialized treatment and vary person to person
  • There are effective treatments, which can control the disease progression and prevent further organ damage
  • Lupus patient can lead a good productive life with appropriate treatment at proper time
  • Urine test should be done regularly to look for protein and RBCs in urine
  • Medications commonly used in treatment of LUPUS are steroid, hydroxychloroquine, cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus and rituximab
  • Along with medication lupus patient should avoid direct sun exposure and crowded place
  • Should use umbrella and apply sun protecting lotion over the exposed part and cover whole body while moving out from the house
  • Regularly visit to rheumatologist, get blood and urine test as per advice and regular treatment can lead a active life
  • Consult your doctor before planning for pregnancy if you are having LUPUS as some medicines are not suitable during pregnancy and close monitoring of the disease is required


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