According to The Lupus Foundation, 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus. This chronic inflammatory disease most commonly affects women of childbearing age. But, many children also develop this condition.
To put this into perspective, five to 10,000 teenagers have systemic lupus . The systemic form is just one of the four types of lupus. Plus, this estimate only applies to teens. Can you imagine, then, how many thousands of young ones are living with this disease?This raises two important questions. How can you recognize possible symptoms of this disease in your child? If your child is diagnosed, what treatments are available?
As mentioned earlier, this is a chronic inflammatory condition. A glitch in the autoimmune system causes the body to attack healthy tissue and organs. This results in a grip of unpleasant symptoms . Which symptoms, though, depends on the type that an individual has.
Systemic lupus is by far the most common. It is so named because it can affect many organ systems including the heart, lungs, kidneys and skin to name a few. It causes:- Chronic inflammation in the affected areas of the body
Then, there’s cutaneous lupus , also known by the name discoid. This form makes up 10% of all cases and affects only the skin. This results in:- Patchy, crusty, coin-shaped lesions (which usually appear in areas exposed to the sun)
Last but not least, there is neonatal lupus , which affects fetuses. This condition can occur even if the mother herself does not have the disease. The baby may then be born with:- Skin rash
The above symptoms certainly don’t sound like a walk in the park...especially for a child. You might be wondering, then, what treatments are available. How will your child be able to cope with this condition?
While there is not yet a cure available, symptoms can be successfully tackled. Your child's doctor may prescribe:
You’ll be happy to know that there are things you can do to help. Like what? You can encourage:
In the United States alone, it’s estimated that five and a half million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease . Imagine that already large number multiplied the world over. How many millions would that make? As of 2016, the estimate was upwards of 44 million .Although this is a common disease, there’s sadly very little understanding as to what it is, what it does, who it affects and what can be done to help those who live with it. In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, which is this month, we’ll discuss all of those things.
In a 2007 study , most men indicated that they had health insurance. Yet 58% had a reason for not going to the doctor. By far the most common reason — coming in at 36% — the majority of men said they only go to the doctor when they are extremely ill.
While it might be easy for guys to brush off seemingly minor problems, it’s not the wisest thing to do. Why not? Often times, symptoms can be indicative of underlying conditions that require swift medical attention and treatment. The longer health issues go undiagnosed and untreated, the worse they can become.Have we got you on edge fellas? While we do, why not consider a few common symptoms that are often dismissed but could point to a number of health issues