5 Need-To-Know Facts about DLE and SLE Lupus

May 7th 2016

Medical advancements and ongoing research continue to make it easier for individuals to live comfortably with lupus. Learning more about the disease, its symptoms and the treatments available improves a person's ability to manage the condition.

Lupus Can Affect Any Part of the Body

Systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, accounts for about 70 percent of all lupus cases. It can cause problems in various parts of the body, including major organs such as the heart, brain and kidneys. The term "lupus" most commonly refers to SLE.

Lupus Is an Autoimmune Disease

When people have lupus, their immune systems don't function correctly. Their bodies produce autoantibodies that may attack, damage or destroy healthy tissue, causing inflammation and pain in the parts affected.

Lupus Is Chronic

An individual with SLE generally suffers from joint pain, unexplained fevers, fatigue and a notable red skin rash, but symptoms may come and go over the course of several weeks or years. There is no cure for lupus, but treatment is available to make it easier to live with the condition.

DLE Is Usually Not Permanent

Drug-induced lupus, or DLE, is a form of lupus caused by certain prescription medications, such as those used in the treatment of tuberculosis, seizures and hypertension. DLE is typically a mild form of lupus that includes joint pain, muscle soreness and fever that only affects certain individuals. In most cases, the symptoms cease once the medication is discontinued.

Lupus Can Be Fatal

In most cases, individuals with lupus live long, fulfilling lives, but consistent medical care is vital. Treatment plans usually focus on managing pain, preventing flare-ups, and reducing or preventing damage to organs and joints. Because lupus is an autoimmune disorder, infection is a big risk for those affected and the leading cause of lupus fatalities.

Conclusion

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, about 16,000 Americans are diagnosed with lupus each year. While the disease is common, little is known about its causes. Symptoms often vary from one individual to the next, and there are several types of lupus, making it difficult to accurately diagnosis the condition. The following facts shed more light on the most common types of lupus.

Sources

HopkinsLupus.org "Types of lupus" http://www.hopkinslupus.org/lupus-info/types-lupus/
Lupus.org "Are there various forms of lupus?" http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/forms-of-lupus
LupusMN.org "Types of lupus" http://www.lupusmn.org/about-lupus/types-of-lupus/
NIAMS.NIH.gov "Fast facts about lupus" http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/lupus/lupus_ff.asp
WomensHealth.gov "Lupus fact sheet" https://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/lupus.html

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