Lesser-Known Facts About Lupus
When someone mentions lupus to some people, they will react with a confused look since they don’t understand the condition fully. Most people have never understood why a body will start to attack itself as is the case of autoimmune diseases such as lupus. Here are facts that most people don’t know concerning lupus...
Lupus is something which not many people have understood it clearly hence when you talk about the word lupus, most of them give a confused look as to what exactly it stands for. There is always a question in the minds of such people as to why would our own immune system start to attack its own healthy cells as is the case with lupus which is an autoimmune disease. Below are few of the lesser known facts about this medical condition which probably everyone should be made aware about.
- Lupus is known to affect women more than the men population. There is a variation in the ratio between the female to male. The cases of lupus in men drop if they are beyond the age of 50 years. Those women who suffer from lupus tend to have higher levels of estrogen and also lower levels of testosterone.
- In one of the recent research it was reported that chromosomal basic differences as well the environmental differences for the sex differences.
- The symptoms of lupus cannot be the same for all the individual suffering from this disease. Few of the symptoms may turn out to be common with some other medical conditions thereby making it difficult for the doctor to diagnose the correct condition. Few of the lupus symptoms are clotting of the blood, fever, being sensitive towards light, sores present in the mouth, pain in the chest caused due to inflammation of the inner linings of the heart as well as the lungs, anemia and joints which pain or are achy.
- In certain cases, the symptoms of lupus in an individual may develop slowly or gradually wherein no one would be able to notice the existence of these symptoms and in certain other individuals, lupus may develop very quickly and can tend to rapidly progress. Certain times the symptoms may come and go away.
- There are very less chances that an individual may experience all of these symptoms. In certain cases, the individual may only experience fatigue or tiredness, pain or skin rashes. These symptoms may gradually worsen. This condition is also known as flares and such flares are often unpredictable and may occur out of the blue. Many at times it has been seen that these flares can occur due to exposure to stress or the ultraviolet rays.
- Flares and remissions are basically two periods of the symptoms. When the symptoms are in control and do not cause any trouble it is known to be under remission stage but if it occurs suddenly then it is known as flare ups. Both of these, remission as well as flares are known to occur sharply and no one can predict when they can occur. At times when one is least expecting the symptoms then it may tend to occur.
- There are no one tests which can determine and confirm that the symptoms are due to lupus. The doctor would need to carry out multiple tests for determining the same.