Lupus symptoms is to some extend used to determine what causes lupus disease and can be used to narrow the diagnoses down to determine what cause the disease. Because no two cases is exactly the same as is could either manifest itself suddenly or develop over time.
These symptoms may also be mild or severe and their nature could be permanent or of short duration. The mild cases is subjected to occasional flares resulting in the signs and symptoms get worse during the flare before disappearing and improves.
The most common symptoms is:
- Extreme fatigue with fever at times
- Joint pain that is swollen and stiff
- Rash in the usual butterfly shape covering the cheeks and nose
- Skin lesions that gets worse with exposure to the sun
- Whiteness in the fingers and could become blue when exposed to cold weather
- Could experience shortness of breath
- May experience cheat pain
- Eyes become dry
- Patient could experience memory loss and headache
The main causes of lupus disease.
Lupus causes the immune system to attack the healthy body tissues. The causes of lupus disease is normally a combination of genetics factors and the effects of the environment reacts with the body.
There is evidence that patients with genetic susceptibility to the disease can become infected when they come in to contact with environmental issues to trigger the flares. Mostly the cause are unknown and the following two triggers are the most often experienced.
- Sunlight can result on lupus skin lesions appearing or is effective to cause triggers in patients susceptible to the disease
- Medications used to treat lupus such as certain anti-seizure, blood pressure and antibiotics can easily trigger the flares. Patients that suffer from drug-induced lupus normally experience these symptoms to disappear when they cease the use of these drugs or medications.
Other factors in the causes of lupus disease.
The causes of lupus disease is believe by most scientists to be a combination of factors that exist both in the body and the environment in which the patient exist. The three factors that can influence the disease is:
- Hormones act as the messengers of the body and regulate most of the functions in the body. The occurrence of lupus represent 90% of all the reported cases which led research to investigate the relationship between estrogen and lupus disease. Although estrogen is produced in both the male and female patients the amount produced in females are larger. During the female menstrual cycle or pregnancy the estrogen levels will peak and this is prove why female patients is more prone to lupus.
- Genetical factors are not yet identified as to the specific gen or group of genes causing lupus. Statistics have however shown that lupus is more often diagnosed in certain families. Twins has shown abnormal high evidence that both may not contract the disease having the same genes and environmental influences. Certain ethnic groups has shown higher than normal susceptibility to the disease.
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o Hawaiians of pacific descent
The final factor in the causes of lupus disease.
Certain environments influences is factors in the cause of lupus disease in patients.
- Ultraviolet lights
- Silica dust
- Sulfa drugs
- Sun-sensitizing drugs
- Certain anti-biotic drugs
- Stress of an emotional type
- Physical stress
- Sun exposure