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:
Researchers have found that the immune system and genetics have much to do with the development of this condition. Both men and women develop it at equal rates. While sex is not a risk factor, race does appear to be, along with age. For example, those between the ages of 15 and 35 have a higher risk than those who are older.Do you suspect that you may have psoriasis? If so determining what type will give you a foundation to choose the best treatment for your condition. Consider the five types , their symptoms and ways to get some relief from the discomfort that this causes.
Have you heard of gastroparesis? It’ll be no surprise if you haven’t. After all, it’s not very common. It’s estimated that about 4% of the population is affected by gastroparesis-like symptoms . Yet, it’s uncertain if they actually suffer from this disorder or a similar one. That means the percentage could be even lower.
To be fair, researchers are aware that others have simply gone undiagnosed. Yet, even subtracting the number of misdiagnosed people and replacing it with the undiagnosed would still give us a fairly small percentage.
Despite its being uncommon and the mystery surrounding it, this disease can actually pose a very real threat to your gastrointestinal health. That’s why it’s good to be informed about common symptoms, risk factors and treatments. But first, what is gastroparesis?
World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration that takes place in more than 120 countries across the globe. Why? You may have heard about the controversy surrounding breastfeeding. Some people feel very strongly that it is not a socially acceptable practice . Others are in favor of it and are trying to foster an attitude of acceptance.
Why not examine both sides of the argument? Then, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about whether or not you’d like to support this cause.