May has gone purple. That color is designated for Lupus Awareness Month, designed to engage the public to take action in the fight against what the Lupus Foundation of America calls a “cruel and mysterious disease.”
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects 1.5 million Americans. There are different types of lupus. The most common type is systemic lupus erythematosus, often referred to as “SLE” or “lupus” for short. It can affect skin, joints and the organs inside the body, such as the kidneys. The disease can be mild or more severe and patients often experience flares which impact daily living. While there is no cure most people living with lupus are able to manage their disease with regular follow-up and communication with their healthcare provider.
Mallinckrodt is a corporate supporter of the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) and a member of the LFA Corporate Advisory Council. The Rheumatology sales team supports many regional walks hosted by local LFA chapters to help raise awareness of this disease.
The Lupus Foundation of America’s Things You Didn’t Know about Lupus
Lupus is a mysterious and complicated illness that is difficult to diagnose and challenging to treat. Despite its widespread prevalence, about two thirds of the public have little or no knowledge of its effects. This Lupus Awareness Month, you can help spread knowledge and bring us closer to a future free from lupus.
- Lupus is an unpredictable autoimmune disease that can affect the heart, lungs, skin or kidneys.
- No special diet has been found to cure lupus or cause it to go into remission.
- The steroids used to treat people with lupus are the same ones that body builders and some professional athletes have been known to use.
- While lupus affects people of all races and ethnicities, African Americans — as well as Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans — are diagnosed with lupus 2-3 times more often than Caucasians.
- Lupus is not contagious. It cannot be “caught” or “passed on” to anyone, no matter what symptoms are showing.
- Sensitivity to UV light (present in both sunlight and artificial light) affects as many as two thirds of individuals with lupus. This is known to cause fever, debilitating fatigue, joint pain, and rashes.
- Lupus is not a form of arthritis, but many people with lupus do suffer from joint and/or muscle pain.
- It is estimated that more than 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus.
Share these infographics and facts to educate your family, friends, and co-workers about the brutal impact of lupus.