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World Lupus Day was observed every year on May 10 to raise awareness about a chronic autoimmune disease - Lupus. This disease is also known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
In India, lupus disease occurs in every 3-4 persons per 1 lakh population. More than 5 million people were affected by this disease.
Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs (autoimmune disease). The exact cause of this disease remains unknown but factors such as hormones, genes, and environment are suspected factors of the causes of lupus. This autoimmune disease can cause damage to multiple organs like the brain, skin, kidneys, and other organs of the body.
The most common symptoms of Lupus disease are intermittent fever, recurrent mouth ulcers, joint and muscle pain, and extreme fatigue. If the symptoms get worse for a while, the people will have a mild disease called ‘flares’. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet.
While there's no cure for lupus, early diagnosis and the right treatment can drastically improve the outcome of the disease.
An autoimmune disease is one in which the immune system is unable to recognize the difference between healthy cells in the human body and the foreign cells it fights to remove.