One of the four types of lupus, systemic lupus is the most common type, affecting women more commonly than men. It is also called systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE. This type of lupus affects the entire body, including the skin, the joints, vital organs such as the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys, the nervous system, blood vessels, and the immune system. It typically affects people of childbearing age, although it has been diagnosed in people of all ages. Currently, there is no cure for systemic lupus, although a cure is being researched by professionals and lupus organizations. Many lupus organizations are fundraising money to help find a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus.

The earlier that systemic lupus is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated. This means that people should be aware of the different systemic lupus symptoms that can occur early on in the disease. One of the first symptoms that may appear is an overwhelming fatigue. Fatigue may be a difficult symptom to judge.  It can come on suddenly, which may lead someone to believe it is caused by an infection, such as a cold or the flu. It can also come on over time, which can make it hard to notice.

Another common symptom is the characteristic butterfly shaped rash. This rash spreads across the face.  It goes across both cheeks and the bridge of the nose. Its color can range from bright red to a light pink or even a beige color. For many people, this may be the first noticeable symptom.

 

Treatment for Systemic Lupus

 

While there isn’t a current cure for systemic lupus, there are treatment options available. These treatments will help people to reduce their symptoms and help prevent damage done to their bodies.  Traditional treatments are usually prescribed by a medical professional, such as a primary care physician or a specialist. These can include medications for pain relief and anti-inflammatory drugs. Another type of important medication for patients to consider is an immunosuppressant type of drug. This will help to keep the lupus disease from attacking the body. This will protect the body’s vital organs, such as the lungs, heart, and kidneys. For systemic lupus erythematosus, it is an important drug to take in order to prevent organ failure in the later stages of the disease.

 

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