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What Are the Four Types of Lupus?

What is lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints and causes inflammation in other systems as well.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints and causes inflammation in other systems as well.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue. It affects joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys and blood vessels, leading to inflammation and tissue damage of the affected organs.

What are the four types of lupus?

The four types of lupus are:

  1. Lupus dermatitis: Lupus affecting the skin in the form of a rash.
  2. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE): This type of lupus affects the internal organs and is the most serious type.
  3. Drug-induced lupus: This type of lupus occurs as a result of an overreaction to certain medications such as Apresoline (hydralazine) or quinidine and Pronestyl  (procainamide). It is similar to SLE.
  4. Neonatal lupus: Lupus affecting an infant as a result of passively acquiring antibodies from a mother with SLE.

How does a person get lupus?

The exact cause of SLE is unknown, however, risk factors that increase your chances of getting Lupus  Genetic and hormonal factors 

Environmental factors

Other risk factors

Early-life risk factors

  • Low birth weight (<2,500 g)
  • Preterm birth (birth that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy)
  • Exposure to pesticides during childhood

What is usually the first sign of lupus?

Fatigue, fever, joint pain and weight changes are usually the first signs of lupus. Some adults may have a period of SLE symptoms known as flares, which may occur frequently, sometimes even years apart and resolve at other times—called remission. Other symptoms include:

Apart from the above symptoms, nausea, indigestion, abdominal pain and confusion may also be seen in some patients.

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What are the complications of Lupus?

The complications that accompany SLE are as follows:

How is lupus treated?

There is no cure for SLE. Management of SLE depends on disease severity and disease manifestations. 

Hydroxychloroquine is effective in the long-term treatment of SLE. Immunosuppressive medicines help to inhibit the activity of the immune system, which can also be useful in treating SLE. 

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids help to treat inflammation and pain in the muscles, joints and other tissues.

Can a person die from lupus?

Lupus along with other medical conditions can be a contributing cause of death. Mainly, secondary conditions such as kidney diseases, heart diseases can be contributing factors.

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Reviewed on 7/1/2020
References
Medscape Medical Reference

U.S. Centers for Disease Control
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