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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yes, Toni Braxton Has Lupus -- Find Out If You Do Too!

Toni Braxton Speaking During Lupus Event

Lupus is an inflammation that causes damage to the joints, tendons, connective tissues, and organs, including the heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain, kidneys, and skin. It can range from mild to severe and can be fatal.

Although the reasons are not known, African-Americans are three times more likely than Caucasians to develop lupus and their cases are more severe. In addition to African Americans, lupus also affects Asian Americans, Latinos, and American Indians more than white Americans.

What are the symptoms of Lupus?

People affected by Lupus may have different symptoms, but the most common include:
  • Inflammation and pain in the joints
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss and anemia
  • Loss of hair
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fluid around the heart and lungs
  • A butterfly-shaped rash on the bridge of the nose and the cheeks
What causes Lupus?

The cause of Lupus is autoimmune related, which means there is a problem with the body's immune system or ability to fight off infection. Lupus causes the body's immune system to attack healthy cells and tissues. The problem with Lupus is that it is not easy to diagnose because it can look like different diseases in different people. Several tests and studies are required by a physician in order to properly diagnose Lupus.

Is there a cure for Lupus?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Lupus. Physicians can treat the symptoms; however, there are ways in which Lupus patients can help themselves feel better. These include learning to pace yourself, avoiding stress, and mild exercise, particularly those that build strength.
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