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Why is Lupus a Concern For Women and What Are the Causes and Symptoms

Why is Lupus a Concern For Women and What Are the Causes and
By James S. Pendergraft

Lupus is a common disease found in women, though it does not
fail to attack men at times. It is mainly caused due to the
development of undesirable antibodies inside the body. Unlike
other diseases, the autoimmune system of the body induces lupus
in human body, leading to inflammation of various body tissues.

Which Body Parts are targeted?

The development of antibodies can take place in any part of the
body. Hence, lupus can target any body part from lungs, kidneys
and heart to skin, nervous system and various body joints.

Who are Probable Victims?

It has been estimated that 90% of the patients suffering from
lupus are women. Women in the age group of 18-45 are more likely
to be victimized by lupus. The women from regions like Native
America, Latin America and of African American origin are at
higher risks of obtaining this disease.

Why is Lupus of Concern among Women?

Lupus is a disease that can further lead to a number of serious
problems. For instance, women suffering from lupus become more
prone to heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes,
joint and muscle pains. Furthermore, lupus in women can also
lead to weakening of bones and emergence of diseases like
osteoporosis. So fatigue and pains are obviously most prominent
problems induced in lupus patients.

How is Lupus Caused?

1-As mentioned in the beginning, immune system of human body is
mainly responsible for introduction of lupus in human body. The
unfavorable antibodies developed in the body can attack various
tissues of the body, thereby leading them to have inflammations.

2-The second-most common cause of lupus is hormone change,
especially during the period of pregnancy and during childbirth.

3-Another reason for occurrence of lupus is exposure to extreme
environmental conditions like sunlight.

4-Stress is also one of the pertinent causes of the disease.

5-This disorder is often caused due to intake of certain
medications, which can advance the development of bas

6-Lastly, some types of viruses can also cause lupus in women.

Common Symptoms of Lupus

Lupus occurs in a number of variations, including systemic
lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus, neonatal lupus and subacute
cutaneous lupus erythematosus. The most common symptoms of all
these variations are:

1-Pain and swelling in the body joints.

2-Appearance of skin rashes, which include rashes in the shape
of butterfly over nose and cheeks and sores on neck and chest.

3-Pain in the chest, especially during heavy breathing.

4-Inflammation in body organs like heart, lungs and internal

5-Fatigue and anemia.

6-Hair loss.

7-Sensitivity to sunlight.

8-Loss of memory, lack of agility and presence of mind and

9-Abnormalities related to the nervous system, kidneys and

Blood tests, x-rays and other recommended laboratory tests are
often used to diagnose lupus. The correct diagnosis and
subsequent treatment from a medical expert can easily solve your
problem. It is highly recommended that you consult your doctor
on the appearance of early signs and symptoms of this disease to
get the best treatment.

To Your Health!

About the Author: Dr. James S.
Pendergraft opened the Orlando Women's Center in March 1996 to
provide a full range of health care for women.


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