Advanced Health Conditions


Lupus Overview:

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack vital organs.  Lupus can be either suppressive or aggressive.  It is characteristic of lupus suffers to experience bouts of inflammation of the disease as well as bouts of total remission. 



Lupus Causes:

Lupus is a genetic disease that is predominately found in women rather than men.  Lupus can also be caused by malnutrition, exposure to certain chemicals, and drugs. 


Lupus Symptoms:

Like other immune diseases, Lupus displays flu-like symptoms including fatigue, muscle and joint ache, varying body temperatures (fever and chills), and swelling of the body.  As the disease progresses, lupus can cause a skin rash especially in the face and the scalp, hair loss, kidney problems, heart problems including heart attacks and angina, bluing of the fingertips, psychotic problems like depression, brain seizures, paralysis due to stroke, and paranoia Lupus can also cause swelling of the lung, shortness of breath, anemia, low red blood cell count or low white blood cell count, abdominal pain, and ulcers in the mouth and nose.


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