Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the bodys immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at lupus in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your bodys immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly, may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent.

Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks occurs in many but not all cases.

Some people are born with a tendency toward developing lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs or even sunlight. While theres no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms.

Regular physician visits can help minimize the skin scarring and determine if the disease is spreading to other organs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.