What is Lupus?
Lupus is a disease that causes your immune system to mistakenly attack healthy tissue. It’s estimated that about 1.5 million people in America have been diagnosed with lupus, with about 16,000 new cases each year.
The cause of lupus is still a mystery. It is speculated that it develops in response to a combination of factors both inside and outside your body, including: hormones, genetics, and your environment.
Women are more prone to the disease than men. And, women who are African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American are more likely to get lupus than Caucasian women.
Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because it varies person to person and symptoms come and go. No single test has been developed that can diagnose lupus, so doctors still rely on your medical history, blood work, urinalysis, and assessment of both your kidneys and liver.
If you think you may have lupus, please see your health care professional.
How Can it be Treated?
Treatment for lupus depends on your symptoms. The most common treatments used to control the disease include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Antimalarial drugs
- Immune suppressants
There is still much research being done to better understand this disease. If you are on prescribed medications for lupus or other conditions, and you need help affording your prescriptions, download a free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card or request a card be mailed to you. Most experts agree, taking your medicines as prescribed improves overall health and wellbeing and lowers cost of health care for everyone.
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