Lupus

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lupus is a disease of the immune system that can affect many parts of the body. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about lupus in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Normally, the immune system makes antibodies to protect the body against infections. In people who have lupus, the immune system becomes overactive and attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake.

Lupus can affect anyone, but it is more common in women between 15 and 44 years of age. Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women are more likely to have lupus.

Not everyone who has lupus has the same symptoms. Symptoms can come and go, and often stop completely for a while. When symptoms start or get worse, its called a flare. Some common symptoms include:

Feeling tired all the time

Joint pain or swelling

Rashes, often on the face

Fever

Muscle pain, and

Sores in the mouh

Lupus cant be cured but treatment may help with symptoms. Medicine that is used to treat malaria can also be helpful in treating symptoms of lupus and preventing flares. Steroids are another kind of medicine that can help with inflammation. Its important to see your doctor regularly for checkups.

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