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Lupus: The Disease Within

Updated on December 9, 2012
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Millions and millions of people of today are living with a disease that they are unaware of. These people are unaware of possible diseases because they are either too nervous or scared to get checked by a doctor and/or hospital. The possibility of there being a problem or a situation that someone has to face is scary to many people throughout the world. In other words, I would like to inform everyone about a disease called Lupus, how it affects the body, and the treatment for the disease.


Lupus is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks healthy tissue (Lupus O.1). The immune system is attacked because the immune response acts inappropriately to the presence of diseases and pathogens in the body. Certain types of diseases and pathogens could possibly cause the immune response to attack the immune system more than necessary. The best way to avoid having your immune system being attacking healthy tissue is to try to stay healthy and clean at all times.


Likewise, whether you are young or old, Lupus can affect anyone, at anytime. Lupus usually affects woman more than men. About 90% of women have Lupus, whereas only 10 % of men have Lupus (Lupus F. 7). This research has been done in order to figure out who Lupus targets more often and why. Even though researchers have done experiments to figure out why, the results so far have been inconclusive.


Similarly, there are many different signs and symptoms of Lupus. A few signs of Lupus is redness in the shape of a butterfly on your cheeks, hands turning blue and white, loss of hair, abnormal skin color, and weight loss (Living L. 3). A few symptoms of Lupus are the immense feeling of heat or cold air, weakness, joint and muscle pain, and extreme fatigue (tiredness). Also, Lupus can affect you physically by damaging your heart, brain, kidneys, and lungs (Lupus F. 1)


In addition to, as far as research goes, the cause of Lupus is unknown (Lupus F. 1) Some theories about the causes of Lupus are because of too much sunlight, emotional stress, and certain types of medicine. Also, Lupus is assumed to being caused by injuries, a viral illness, or exhaustion (Lupus F. 5). If researchers knew the exact cause of Lupus, then they would be able to treat it accordingly. Since they do not know the exact cause of the disease, the research for the cause of Lupus continues.


Moreover, the prevention of Lupus is uncertain, but there are some treatments for it. The prevention of Lupus is to try to remain stress free, stay out of sunlight, and to watch the types of medication you take (Lupus O. 4) Also, some other ways to try to prevent Lupus are to eat healthy and to be in a nice and clean environment as much as possible.


Furthermore, the treatment for Lupus depends on the type of Lupus you have but you are given medicines such as steroids, ranitidine (if you have acid reflux) folic acid and hydrochloroquine (Lupus F. 1). Also, you can be given sleeping pills if you are having trouble with insomnia and methotrexate, in order to keep your liver enzymes down. Once again Lupus can affect anyone at anytime, even celebrities. A few famous faces that have this disease are celebrities such as Toni Braxton and Seal. They’ve had the disease for years and continue to live with the disease to this day.


In conclusion, millions and millions of people are living with a disease that they are unaware of. One disease in particular is Lupus, an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks healthy tissue. This disease is found more in women than in men. The signs and symptoms of Lupus are a red rash on your face, blue and white fingers, joint/ muscle pain, and extreme fatigue (Living L. 2). Since this disease is so brutal to the body, researchers have tried to find the cause of it but have come up with no known cause for Lupus. Also, the prevention of Lupus is uncertain but there are treatment options for the disease. The treatment of Lupus is steroids, ranitidine, folic acid, methotrexate, and hydrochloroquine, and sleeping pills. All in all, Lupus is a serious disease just like any other disease and the best way to maintain your health and live longer is to find out if you are living with a disease that you are unaware of.









Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. 2012. http://www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/new_learnunderstanding.aspx?articleid=2233&zoneid=523. Web.



Living With Lupus. 2012. http://www.lupusny.org/ Web.



Lupus Overview. 2010. http://lupus.webmd.com/. Web.


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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I have known a few people with this disease. It affects so many people in different ways and has very little treatment options.

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      kartika damon 4 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      I just researched this subject myself as I thought I might have it but luckily I don't. You might want to re-word something here - you say that 90% of women have lupus - I think you mean to say that of the people who have lupus, 90% are women.

      Best, Kartika

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      teamrn 4 years ago from Chicago

      Lupus, the title is soooooo apt, "The Disease Within..." Not only does the disease have the potential to affect EVERY organ in the body." but it has the potential to affect organs we've heard of, but organs we've not heard of. Lupus can be lethal.

      The many cells that are in the blood lose their intended purpose and go awry. Instead of the 'pay-man' like cells attacking the foreign, evil attackers, they become incorrectly programmed and start attacking the good cells that are supposed to be there. The attack the bone cells, the cells of the kidney, the nervous system, the cells of the skin, you name it, they have the great potential to attack cells and the cells that are attacked become inflamed, the characteristic of lupus.

      Many of the symptoms we have are the result of the inflammation, so prednisone is used as one of the many medications. But, then, prednisone carries with it a TON of side effects. You wonder, which is worse; the disease or the treatment for the disease? Calgon, take me away!! Great hub and up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for the background on this disease. I hope they find a cure for it someday. It seems that the treatments work, but they are a bit harsh. Well written and very interesting.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your input and i hope they find a cure one day soon. Thank you.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Thank you for the comment. And since i have Lupus I would say that sometimes the medication is worse than the disease. It affects the way you think, act, and the way your body functions. Ive been on the medications Ive listed in my hub since I was 13. On the other hand, when I forget to take my medicine, I feel horrible pain and aches through out my body.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Yes thank you I see the mistake I will fix it as soon as possible.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @Lipnancy it is true, it does affect people differently.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very interesting, well researched. Thank you..

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @always exploring thank you for your comment i appreciate your feedback

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Interesting hub. Lupus is one of the diseases I have been researching too. Well done!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @SueBailey

      Thanks for the feedback

      and I'm glad that you liked my

      Hub about Lupus.

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      junko 4 years ago

      kartika damon pointed out an overestimation, you acknowledged the error but forgot to correct it. It jumps out at readers.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @junko thanks

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