June 25, 2024

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Let’s Make Lupus Visible! | Health Equity Features

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Help us solve the cruel mystery. Lupus Foundation of America. May is Lupus Awareness Month

May is Lupus Awareness Month.

Lupus is sometimes considered an “invisible illness” because its symptoms can be hard for others to recognize. CDC and partners are working to make lupus visible

Lupus is a lifelong chronic autoimmune disease

What is lupus?

Lupus

Types of Lupus

Who is at risk for lupus?

Lupus can affect anyone. Women are most likely to be affected by lupus. Men and children can also be affected. Those with the highest risk for developing lupus are:

Lupus occurs more often in women from racial and ethnic minority groups

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What are the symptoms of lupus?

Symptoms of lupus vary and can appear off and on for years. Because lupus can affect different parts of the body, it can cause a lot of different symptoms. Common symptoms include:

How is lupus diagnosed?

Diagnosing lupus

How is lupus treated?

Lupus is a chronic disease with no cure. However, treatment is available to help manage its symptoms. Treatment can help improve symptoms, prevent flares, and prevent other health problems caused by lupus. Treatment depends on a patient’s symptoms and needs. If women experience symptoms, they should start by seeing a primary care doctor and a rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in the diseases of joints, muscles, and systematic autoimmune diseases such as lupus. Women with lupus may need to see other types of doctors as well. These may include nephrologists, who treat kidney problems, and clinical immunologists, who treat immune system disorders.

Kidney impairment or lupus nephritis

Women with lupus can safely get pregnant and most will have normal pregnancies and healthy babies. However, all women with lupus who get pregnant are considered to have a “high risk pregnancy.”

How is lupus managed?

Women can use online tools and resources to help manage their lupus

There’s a lot that women can do to manage lupus. Women with lupus can have a typical lifespan and a high quality of life. Women can take steps to control symptoms, prevent lupus flares, and cope with the challenges of lupus. The best way to keep lupus under control is by following treatment plans and maintaining good general health.

  • Learn how to tell that a flare is coming.
  • See their doctors regularly.
  • Limit the time spent in the sun and in fluorescent and halogen light.
  • Get enough sleep and rest.
  • Build a support system made up of trusted people they can go to for help.

Self-management education workshops can help people with lupus learn how to manage daily life, medications, and interactions with doctors, as well as improve energy and pain management. Visit Managing Lupus for more information about self-management education programs and other tools and resources that can improve quality of life for people living with lupus. Use of online tools and applications (apps) can be an important part of managing lupus. Strategies to Embrace Living with Lupus Fearlessly (SELF

Despite best efforts to follow treatment plans and maintain good health, women may have times when their lupus symptoms become worse. Women can talk to their doctors about ways to relieve symptoms when this happens.

What is CDC doing to address lupus?

CDC supports national organizations, public health agencies, universities, and communities to undertake lupus awareness activities, epidemiologic research, and public health programs.

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