Like many health problems, there are several myths and misconceptions about lupus. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with lupus or are exhibiting symptoms, knowing what your options are and what to expect is an important part of your treatment and recovery process.
At Valerius Medical Group, we offer treatment services for lupus and other autoimmune conditions at our office in Los Alamitos, CA. Our medical team consists of rheumatologists Nathaniel Neal, MD, Rebekah Neal-Kraal, MD, and Michelle Pratt, MSN, FNP-BC.
According to survey results compiled by the Lupus Foundation of America, many people have significant misconceptions about the nature and effects of lupus. One of the most common and persistent myths is that it’s contagious and can, therefore, be transmitted from one person to another either through touch or if the disease becomes airborne.
The truth is that lupus can’t be “spread” or “caught” from one person to another either by touch or by breathing the same air. As an autoimmune disease, lupus develops from a malfunction of the immune system, where it mistakenly identifies and attacks healthy organs and tissue as a foreign agent. That’s not to be mistaken with illnesses that weaken the immune system like HIV/AIDS. Lupus is not an infectious disease, so it’s impossible to “catch” it from another person.
Some of the other common myths and misunderstandings about lupus include:
The truth is that a lupus diagnosis doesn’t have to interfere with your quality of life. The condition is manageable with treatment, and many people live full, rich lives after a lupus diagnosis. Separating fact from fiction can help you take control of your health and maintain a healthy lifestyle after a lupus diagnosis.
First things first. While there is technically no cure for lupus, the condition is manageable with adequate treatment. While it is most common in women (90% of diagnoses are in women), men are not immune.
In addition to joint pain, arthritis, and rashes, lupus sufferers also have an elevated risk of infections and kidney damage. Some of the common symptoms of lupus include:
Lupus symptoms range from mild to severe and can be managed and treated effectively with medication in many cases.
For more information about lupus and the available treatment options, contact us at Valerius Medical Group today by calling 562-294-6533 or request an appointment online.