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Lupus is one of the most common autoimmune diseases in the world. Three out of five people who suffer from this type of illnesses are diagnosed with lupus. The problem with lupus is that it is a tricky disease: it cannot be predicted, it cannot be stopped and, most certainly, it cannot be cured. In recent years, scientists studying the issue have discovered that lupus has a definite genetic cause and several environmental factors can trigger a latent condition. Thus, it is best to study your families' health file and check out the places you live in before you start to think that your deteriorating physical health is somehow related to lupus. However, once everything has been eliminated and the only answer that remains is that you do suffer from this autoimmune disease, be prepared for a lifetime long battle to alleviate the symptoms of lupus. Do not lose hope because, according to physicians, the cure is on its way. Not very close, but closer than it might have seemed ten years ago.
Lupus rash pictures
One of the most important lupus symptoms is the lupus rash. It not only cannot be missed, but it is a certain sign of what the medical doctor is dealing with. On the upside of this problem, the rash can be easily alleviated and it even disappears with proper treatment. On the downside, scarring is inevitable when talking about a lupus - related skin problem.
There are three types of lupus rashes that a patient should be aware of: the acute rash, the chronic rash and the subacute rash (this can be considered a passing point between the acute and the chronic phases of the rash). These three stages are not necessarily happening in order, nor do all three affect one person. There are people who will never stop having and acute lupus skin condition and people who will find their lupus rash getting worse by the day.
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Discoid lupus pictures
Discoid lupus is the most serious of all the forms of skin lupus out there. It usually appears in the cases where only the skin is affected by this autoimmune disease, but it can be a symptom of a more disturbing condition, one that could lead to some rather important changes in the body. The image that discoid lupus presents resembles a poorly treated case of measles: round, inflamed and red pustules that tend to itch. Do not, under any circumstances, scratch that particular itch. If you do, scarring will be almost unavoidable. In some cases, with the help of proper medication and diet, some of that scarring might go away, but that is not a certainty.
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Tumid lupus pictures
Tumid lupus is a feminist disease: it affects, usually, only young women, from the ages of nineteen to twenty eight, of whatever race and social status. Because lupus, in any shape or form, is an autoimmune disease, it does not have a cure. However, very few forms of lupus can evolve into something else. Unfortunately, tumid lupus is one of those that can very easily turn into systemic lupus erythematosus, a full - body condition that can lead to some very serious health concerns.
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Cutaneous lupus pictures
Cutaneous lupus is the scientific name for skin lupus. Exactly like the name says, cutaneous lupus describes every lupus - related skin condition out there. From a simple, yet so telling, butterfly rash, to the more complex discoid skin problems or even to some subacute conditions, everything is encompassed in that one term. Unfortunately, what it does not describe at all is the relation between cutaneous lupus and the evolution of this autoimmune disease.
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Butterfly lupus pictures
Butterfly lupus is one of the most common lupus forms out there, affecting the skin of the face, appearing especially on the nose and the cheekbones. Its unique butterfly shape makes it easy to identify in its more serious phases, but in the beginning, for a less than experienced physician or nurse, the rash can be easily mistaken for sunburn.
If left untreated for longs periods of time, it can escalate, invading the upper back, the shoulders and, eventually, the entire body. It itches, sometimes, and it leaves behind some pretty telling scars.
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Lupus treatment pictures
There is one thing that any lupus patient must be told from the moment he or she is diagnosed: lupus has no cure. Not yet. The question then becomes what is the role of the treatment if the disease itself cannot be cured. Well, the answer is pretty obvious and may seem somewhat anticlimactic: the same as the flu treatment. It cannot cure, but it does a great job at alleviating the symptoms, which can be truly bothersome in some cases. Just like with any other full - body condition, lupus treatment implies both a medical approach, trying to keep the unnatural antibodies at bay with drugs, and a lifestyle change, which the patient must be willing to make in order to prolong his or hers existence.
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Lupus skin pictures
Lupus skin conditions are known for being extremely troublesome and, more importantly, scarring. They can be classified in several groups, starting with the chronic conditions, going down for the subacute ones and ending with the acute problems. All of them are symptoms of a much more severe underlying condition: systemic lupus erythematosus.
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Lupus complications pictures
Sometimes patients tend to forget that lupus is a full - body illness. That is understandable under the idea that this condition attacks only one system at a time, in its early stages. Thus, the patient and the doctor will most likely be concerned with that specific problem and ignore the changes happening in other parts of the body.
Lupus complications are known for their viciousness and their instability, as well as their diversity. The damage caused by an untreated complication can extend to the lungs, the liver, the kidneys, the skin or even the central nervous system.
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Lupus symptoms pictures
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The easiest to spot lupus symptoms are the rashes, the pain in the joints and the muscles and the unexpected fever bouts. However, if somehow the patient does not report those to the physician, then the medic should be able to discern that his or her patient suffers from lupus simply on their sleeping pattern: if the patient is a night - owl, preferring to lead his or hers existence during the sun - deprived hours of the day, than they might be affected by lupus.