Lupus is an autoimmune disorder which causes inflammation of the connective tissue. The condition is long term, and may be life threatening, particularly if it affects the kidneys.
There are three forms of lupus disorder, one affecting the skin, known as discold lupus erythematosus (DLE). The more serious form, which is known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which affects the internal organs and body systems. Vulgaris lupus erythematosus (VLE), usually affects only the head and neck. Small, painless nodules appear and turn into open sores, which eventually heal, but leave deep scars.
The cause of the disease is unknown, but it does seem to be related to heredity and hormonal influences. It affects women more than men, and some ethnic groups more than others.
Symptoms of Lupus
The symptoms of DLE include red, circular patches on the skin, which turn to white scar tissue as they heal. While SLE, the symptoms vary, according to the area affected. There is often a reddened patch over the bridge of the nose, and general malaise, including fever, loss of appetite, pain in the joints and loss of weight. In both cases the symptoms come and go, and may be triggered by particular factors.
Lupus treatment involves reducing inflammation and relieving other symptoms. Anti inflammatory and immune suppressant foods may be more effective to deal with this condition.