Monday, May 10, 2021

World lupus day, May 10. #Lupus

May is Lupus Awareness Month! It's an opportunity for the lupus community to join together across the country to raise funds and awareness of the physical, emotional, and economic impact of lupus. Lupus Awareness Month is observed in May and aims to increase understanding amongst the general public.

What is Lupus
Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs (autoimmune disease). Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.

Autoimmunity” means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”). As a result, it creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Info.

What are the 4 different forms of lupus?

*Systemic lupus accounts for approximately 70 percent of all cases of lupus. 

*Cutaneous lupus (affecting only the skin) accounts for approximately 10 percent of all lupus cases.

*Drug-induced lupus accounts for about 10 percent of all lupus cases and is caused by high doses of certain medications. 

*Neonatal lupus is a rare condition in which the mother’s antibodies affect the fetus. At birth, the baby may have a skin rash, liver problems, or low blood cell counts, but these symptoms typically disappear completely after six months with no lasting effects.

Get Involved in May!
Lupus Awareness Month is all about educating others about lupus. Check out some tools to help you get started! Raise Awareness

Walk the Lupus walk
With both large or small groups it is all about passing the information.

Be a Fundraiser
Show the world we can stand together even when we’re apart by hosting a virtual fundraiser for Lupus Awareness Month!

Raise funds on Facebook and Put on Purple.
Wear your favorite purple lupus awareness and encourage others to donate!



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