Understanding and Managing Lupus
Understanding, managing and treating lupus can be a very complex ordeal. Lupus is caused by an overactive immune system, causing the immune system to produces antibodies, instead of clearing out old cells and protecting the body from infection. The result is damage to organs through overactive blood cells, which secrete inflammatory hormones and chemicals.
Treatment for lupus is directed at reducing the inflammation caused by the immune system. Diet and lifestyle are first addressed. Limiting sugar, carbohydrates, and white and red meat can help manage the disease. Also not smoking and getting regular exercise can help. Oftentimes, anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-malarials and corticosteroids are prescribed.
The following article takes a very in-depth look at lupus, including management techniques and a variety of treatments for the disease. The article gives lifestyle modifications, such as Omega-3 supplementation, and offers a lot of education on corticosteroids and cytotoxic drugs such as Cyclophosphamide, Mycophenolate, Azathioprine, and Methotrexate. The article discusses side effects of these drugs and even offers a bit of information about new drugs that are currently in the making.
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