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Today, we are shedding “Light on Lupus”. While being interviewed on BWE Live Blog Talk Radio, a caller posed this question: “I have LUPUS and I want to know what I can do for my skin”.
Lupus affects people of African, Asian, or Native American descent three times as often as it affects whites. Nine out of 10 people with lupus are women according to WebMD. Lupus is a lifelong illness and there is no known cure. Many organizations have joined together to raise awareness and funding for research to find “the” cure. We are still hopeful a cure is on the way.
The immune system is designed foreign substances in the body. Those suffering with lupus experience inflammation and tissue damage when the immune system begins attacking healthy cells in the body. When this happens there are many different types of rashes that form, the most common is the butterfly rash. This rash is centrally located around the nose and cheek areas of the face. The inflammation from Lupus manifests itself in many ways and often times we see those suffering with lupus also suffer with sever hair loss.
Studies show there are correlations between stress and illness. Stress is the number one trigger for a lot of illness and complication Americans face when it comes to their health. In order to understand and shed light on this topic lets review the following.
Understanding Lupus -- Symptoms
Lupus improves at times, and worsens at others. Some symptoms of lupus include: Profound fatigue, low-grade fever, severe joint pain, and muscle aches. It also comes with skin rash on the face or body, extreme sun sensitivity, weight loss, mental confusion, and seizures. Some may have chest pain when taking a deep breath through the nose, mouth, or throat. Sores develop along with enlarged lymph nodes, poor circulation in fingers and toes along with bald patches and hair loss as we reviewed earlier.
1. Get plenty of rest. Some people with lupus need up to 12 hours of sleep every night.
2. Pace yourself. Limit tiring activities.
3. Ask others for help. Don't try to do everything yourself.
4.Take short breaks from your usual daily activities. Consider cutting down on work hours or getting help with parenting responsibilities, at least during periods when lupus symptoms are severe.
5. Exercise regularly. Physical activity boosts energy and helps you stay in good condition. Walking and swimming are good forms of exercise for people with lupus.
6. If you suspect that depression is contributing to your fatigue, get prompt treatment from your doctor, a mental health professional, or both.
Take Care of Your Skin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) light triggers disease flares in most people with lupus. Exposure to ultraviolet light, from sunlight, can trigger or start skin rash, joint pain, or fatigue, or it can make these symptoms worse. To minimize your exposure to ultraviolet light:
1. Avoid 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 (50 SPF or higher) to protect your skin. Reapply sunscreen after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. Experiment with sunscreens. Some may irritate your skin or wash off too easily.
2. Avoid going out when the sun's rays are the strongest. In most areas, this is between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., especially during the summer.
3. Keep your skin clean and moisturized with Shea butter, olive oil or coconut oil.
Good general care is essential. A healthy lifestyle not only improves your quality of life but may also reduce your chances of having more frequent and severe flares. Taking good general care of yourself also helps decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Incorporating a healthy diet is key with fighting lupus. Eating healthy well balanced meals will help your body fight inflammation.
We hope this information will help to begin the conversation about lupus. Find out how to get involved and support the cause. We want to hear from you, share your thoughts, comments, and support for Lupus today. If you are suffering from LUPUS, we want to hear from you especially
Special Thanks to Black Women Empowered' s CEO Mrs. Jaqulyn Rene and Mrs. Valerie J Williams for hosting me on the show and for inspiring me to write this blog. Find out more about these ladies at www.blackwomenempoweredjournal.com & tune into BWE Live every Tuesday night @9pm.
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Author, K. Johnson
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