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When the Immune System Turns On You: Unpacking the Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment of Lupus

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Written by Nancy

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, more than 1.5 million Americans have some form of the autoimmune disease. Women are most likely to be diagnosed with it; in fact, the report stated that 90 percent of people who are diagnosed with it are women!

But what causes Lupus, what are the symptoms you should look out for, and what are the treatment options available?

Here’s everything you need to know about the autoimmune disease:

The Symptoms of Lupus

Unfortunately, no two cases of Lupus are alike, which is why it’s difficult to diagnose the disease. But there are some symptoms that are prominent that you should look out for. These include:

  • Skin lesions that worsen when exposed to the sun
  • Shortness of breath
  • Joint pain, along with stiffness and swelling
  • Headaches
  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Fingers and toes turning blue when exposed to the cold
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Dry eyes
  • Chest pain
  • A butterfly-shaped rash on the face

What Are the Causes?

The causes of Lupus are unknown, but researchers suspect that it occurs due to environmental factors and genetics.

But some factors are known to increase your risk of developing the disease. These include:

Your sex: as stated previously, women are more likely to develop the disease than men.

Your age: Women of childbearing age are more likely to develop the disease.

Race: African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans are more likely to develop the disease.

What Are the Complications of Lupus?

Lupus attacks your immune system and slowly destroys healthy tissues in your body. This can cause complications such as:

Kidney Damage: Lupus can damage the kidneys; kidney failure is one of the leading causes of death among Lupus patients.

Memory Problems: Lupus affects the nervous system as well. Patients with Lupus often experience memory problems, headaches, and dizziness.

Lung Infection: Patients with Lupus also struggle with lung infections.

Heart Problems: Lupus causes the inflammation of the heart muscles and increases the chances of heart attacks.

What Are the Treatment Options Available?

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Most of the time, physicians prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, but these have side effects like bleeding, stomach problems, kidney problems, and an increased risk of heart attacks.

There are other forms of medication available, but these also have side effects. Olive leaf extract has some anti-inflammatory properties that can provide relief to patients as well.

My Olive Leaf offers a range of olive leaf extracts that can help improve your overall health. You can order the best olive leaf extract online at their store.

For any queries or further details regarding the health benefits of olive leaf extract, call at 612 567-3263.

*Please note: My Olive Leaf does not claim that olive leaf extract is a cure for Lupus or any other chronic illness. It’s wise to consult your GP before purchasing the product.

About the author

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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