Common Questions About Lupus
Q1: What is lupus? A: Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues in the body. This can affect various organs, leading to inflammation, pain, and damage.
Q2: How common is lupus? A: Lupus is relatively rare, affecting approximately 5 million people globally. It is more common in women, particularly those aged 15 to 45.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Q3: What are the common symptoms of lupus? A: Lupus symptoms can vary widely but often include fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and fever. The symptoms can come and go and may mimic other conditions, making diagnosis challenging.
Q4: How is lupus diagnosed? A: Diagnosing lupus can be complex as it relies on a combination of clinical symptoms, blood tests, and sometimes biopsies. Consultation with a rheumatologist or an immunologist is typically necessary for an accurate diagnosis.
Living with Lupus
Q5: Is lupus contagious? A: No, lupus is not contagious. It is an autoimmune disease, meaning it results from the immune system attacking the body's own cells.
Q6: Can lupus be cured? A: Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but with proper management and treatment, many individuals with lupus lead fulfilling lives. Treatment aims to control symptoms and prevent flares.
Treatment and Management
Q7: What are the treatment options for lupus? A: Treatment may include medications to manage symptoms and prevent flares. These can range from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to immunosuppressants. Lifestyle changes, such as sun protection, are also important.
Q8: Can diet and exercise help manage lupus? A: While a healthy lifestyle is beneficial, there's no specific lupus diet. Exercise can help with joint pain and overall well-being, but it's essential to consult with healthcare providers to tailor recommendations to individual needs.
Pregnancy and Lupus
Q9: Can women with lupus have healthy pregnancies? A: Yes, many women with lupus have successful pregnancies. However, it requires careful planning and close monitoring by healthcare professionals to manage potential risks.
The Hibbs Lupus Trust
Q10: How can The Hibbs Lupus Trust support individuals with lupus? A: The Hibbs Lupus Trust provides a range of support services, including informational resources and support groups. We are committed to raising awareness, funding research, and assisting those affected by lupus.
Q11: How can I get involved with The Hibbs Lupus Trust? A: You can get involved by donating, participating in fundraising events, or volunteering. Visit our "Get Involved" page for more information on how you can support our mission.