What is SLE?
- SLE is abbreviated for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
- Lupus is an autoimmune disease characterized by acute and chronic inflammation of various tissues of the body.
- Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system.
How it Happen?
- The immune system is a complex system within the body that is designed to fight infectious agents, such as bacteria and other foreign microbes.
- One of the ways that the immune system fights infections is by producing antibodies that bind to the microbes.
- People with lupus produce abnormal antibodies in their blood that target tissues within their own body rather than foreign infectious agents.
- Because the antibodies and accompanying cells of inflammation can affect tissues anywhere in the body, lupus has the potential to affect a variety of areas.
SLE Attack Targets
- Lupus can cause following diseases:
- Stomach disorders,
- Joints pain, and/or…..
- Nervous system disorders.
Types of Lupus
- When only skin is involved, the condition is called Lupus Dermatitis or Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus.
- A form of lupus dermatitis that can be isolated to the skin, without internal disease, is called discoid Lupus.
- When internal organs are involved, the condition is referred to as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
Effects of Lupus
- The disease can affect all ages but most commonly begins from 20-45 years of age.
- Both Discoid and Systemic Lupus are about 8 times more common in women than men.
- The autoimmune disorders produce excessive antibodies which can go into the entire network in two ways:
- The antibodies attack the strange body tissues, the red blood cells, causing deficiency of red blood cells or anemia.
- The antibodies join with antigens (substances stimulating the formation of antibodies) and form a complex called “Immuno-globulin” bonding antibodies and antigens to flow with blood, until caught in capillary blood vessels creating inflammation.
Causes of SLE
- The precise reason for the abnormal autoimmunity that causes lupus is not known.
- Inherited genes, viruses, ultraviolet light, and certain medications may all play some role.
- Genetic factors increase the tendency of developing autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune thyroid disorders are more common among relatives of people with lupus than the general population.
- The immune system in lupus is more easily stimulated by external factors like viruses or ultraviolet light.
- Symptoms of lupus can be precipitated or aggravated by only a brief period of sun exposure.
- Some women with SLE can experience worsening of their symptoms prior to their menstrual periods.
- Female hormones play an important role in the expression of SLE which is an active area of ongoing study by scientists.
- A key enzyme’s failure to dispose of dying cells may contribute the development of SLE.
- The enzyme, DNase1, normally eliminates “garbage DNA” and other cellular debris by chopping them into tiny fragments for easier disposal.
- Thus, a genetic mutation in a gene that could disrupt the body’s cellular waste disposal may be involved in the initiation of SLE.
- The cause of SLE disease is the sensitivity factor which is triggered by stress, infections, drugs, exposure to sun, and the use of oral contraceptives.
- This disease can attack every body organ.
- Easily burnt skin from the sun and exposure to digestive disorders.
- Feel weak, excessive fatigue, fever and aches.
- Skin red rash appear on both cheeks, arms and legs.
- Attack of anemia.
- Frequent hair loss and excessive fatigue.
- Swollen joints and arise sprue.
- Sprue is a chronic disorder that occurs in tropical and non-tropical forms, in both children and adults; nutrients are not absorbed; symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and weakness.
- Treatment focuses on preventing the spread of disease
- Avoid irritants especially soap
- Treat infections
- Oil based ointment good for hydrating
- Nutrition: Foods that are rich in vitamins A, C and E provide nutrients for your skin to remain elastic.
- These vitamins can be found in fruits, vegetables almonds, fish and eggs.
- Water Therapy: Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- It will keep your skin healthy and elastic to reduce your skin stretching and scarring.
- Moringa(سہانجنا): Moringa is called miracle plant due to following rich contents:
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil.
- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera gel.
- liquid from 6 capsules of Vitamin E.
- liquid from 4 capsules of Vitamin A.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a blender.
- Pour the mixture into a jar and store it in the fridge.
- Apply the oil externally all over the affected areas, consistently everyday.
- Apply a paste made up of 5 grams red sandalwood and turmeric with milk on affected areas.
- Mix one ounce of Almond or Olive oil with seven drops of lavender and five drops of chamomile.
- Massaging your body with olive oil or Vitamin E may also help.
- Cucumber has natural salt and has a repair and cell growth property.
- It is high mineral and powerful anti-oxidant which hydrates the skin and makes it healthy.
- Blend the cucumber and simply apply it on your affected areas for an hour.