What exactly is Lupus? Lupus is a type of disease of the autoimmune system, the antibodies within your child’s system along with their system of immunity begins to fight against your child’s own body, blood, organs, joints and the tissue of connectivity instead of protecting them as it does in people without Lupus. In simpler easy to understand terms , your child’s’ body system of immunity get very confused, it is suppose to give protection to them but instead it starts attacking your child’s system and body.
Your child’s Lupus may have no signs that may be visible on the outside of their bodies, but internally a war is raging. This war causes inflammation, pain and fatigue in every body part and joint. If their internal organs repeatedly suffer from inflammation affects damage could become irreversible.
Children with Lupus outnumber children diagnosed with Leukemia, Multiple-Sclerosis and Cystic-Fibrosis. Lupus in children needs to have more attention brought to the awareness of this disease and more support should be given to researching and finding a cure hopefully within the near future.
As of now, there is no known cure for the disease of Lupus for adults or children.
Lupus symptoms of inflammation and pain, affect many body parts and they all ache and throb intensely and constantly at times when flaring up. This is extremely hard to be ignored and to just go about the day as usual, often times the pain and fatigue can be debilitating.
Adults tend to handle the stress more than children, as adults we understand the seriousness and limitations of Lupus, but children just want to be like all of the other children and play, run, tan and enjoy social activities with their friends.
Lupus sufferers have rashes on the facial area which are red and spread across the cheeks over the bridge of the nose. It is sometimes referred to as a “butterfly” due to its shape. Painful joints, headaches, nausea and almost a feeling of having flu type symptoms is what Lupus symptoms can be compared too.
Sensitivity to the sun is a major symptom anyone diagnosed with Lupus should pay strict attention too. Sunscreen should be worn of at least SPF-30 or higher on all areas that are going to be exposed to the suns light. Sunlight can cause flares within Lupus and skin rashes and redness as well.
Painful sores within the mouth are another symptom accompanied by Lupus; they resemble ulcers of the mouth and can occur at any time.
Treatments for Lupus are made as attempts for control of the inflammation and to get the system of immunity to keep from attacking one’s own body.
In cases of mild Lupus, physicians normally prescribe NSAID’s which are anti-inflammatory drugs that are non-steroidal or at times can even be picked up over the counter. Prescriptions of these medications may include Vioxx, Relafen, Celebrex or Toradol.
For Lupus that is more moderate in severity treatment options include Chlroquine a type of anti-malarial called either Atabine or Plaquenil. These prescriptions can alter Lupus course within the body. This type drug helps in the blocking of ultra-violet rays also, as well as cortisteroids helping with inflammation and pain such as Prednisone.