Archive for February, 2011
Lupus attacks tissues such as the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as the kidneys, heart, lungs and brain.This reaction results in inflammation that causes redness, pain and swelling in the affected parts of the body. It can affect both sexes from youth to the elderly and range in severity from mild to disabling. Lupus usually appears in one of two forms – systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). Lupus, short for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is an autoimmune disease that can involve the organs and joints. Lupus causes various disorders of the internal structures of the kidney, including interstitial nephritis , mesangial GN, membranous GN , membranoproliferative GN, diffuse proliferative GN, and others.
Avoiding the sun. If you must be in the sun, cover your arms and legs, wear a hat, and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen (covering both UVA and UVB rays) with a high sun protection factor (such as SPF 50) to protect your skin.A healthy lifestyle may reduce the frequency and severity of flares, resulting in an improved quality of lifeRegular exercise.Education about lupus and self-care.Not smoking.
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): These drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, may relieve muscle and joint pain as well as arthritis.
Antimalarials: Antimalarials are another type of drug commonly used to treat lupus. These drugs were originally used to treat malaria, but doctors have found that they also are useful for lupus.
Acetaminophen: This is the main ingredient in Tylenol, a mild pain reliever.