About Lupus: An Overview

Author: Scott Michale

Why do you need to know about lupus? Because this sometimes debilitating condition is more common than many realize. Millions of people are suffering from lupus, and many of them don’t realize this is what’s causing there pain and discomfort. And knowing about lupus and its symptoms can be the first step to getting diagnosed and treated.

Lupus is an inflammatory disease. Usually, having a strong and active immune system is a good thing. It fights off infection and helps to keep you healthy. But, in those suffering from lupus, the immune system actually turns on their own bodies, attacking healthy tissues and organs, like the kidneys, heart, lungs, joints, and even skin. The result is pain and, in some cases, disfigurement.

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There are four different kinds of lupus. And they are:

* Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
* Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
* Drug-Induced Lupus Erythematosus
* Neonatal Lupus

The most common type of lupus is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. It is also the type that can be the most severe. This form of lupus can affect just about every area of the body, including the blood cells. Because it is so common, when most people talk about lupus, this is usually the type of lupus they are referring to.

While many people have an inherited predisposition to developing lupus, not all of them actually do. Doctors believe that something environmental, like a virus or certain medications, act as a trigger that can cause someone with an inherited predisposition to lupus to actually develop the disease.

While both men and women can suffer from lupus, the condition is most commonly found in women. In fact, women between puberty and menopause are most at risk for developing the disease.

What should you do if you suspect you have this sometimes debilitating condition? Well learning more about lupus is your first step. Learn what your treatment options are, and what you can do to keep living a full and active life.

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7 thoughts on “Neonatal Lupus

  1. andrew

    Can babies develop neonatal lupus, if mom does not have lupus?
    2 month old may have lupus. Dr. said if she does wife will need to get tested. Daughter just has a skin rash which Dr. said will just go away. Conncern is for wife, if she has. She possess absolutely zero signs of lupus from what I read.

    1. balakalak

      Neonatal lupus is usually caused by the transfer of special proteins (called Ro antibodies) from mother to baby through the placenta. While many people that have these antibodies can have connective tissue disease (such as lupus) some will not. So you can transfer the antibody that causes the disease without having the disease itself. Having said that many mothers that have these Ro antibodies have babies that do not have neonatal lupus so it is a bit complicated. Your wife should have a blood test for these antibodies – it is quite quick and easy to get done. And remember even if she has the antibodies it doesn’t mean she will get sick.

      I wish you, your wife and your new baby all the luck in the world.

      Regarding Rita V comment. Lupus is not in itself inherited in a straightforward manner (although it can run in families). In this case we are talking about placental transfer of a very specific antibody which is found in some cases of lupus only. As your doctors say if this is indeed the cause of your then the rash will go when the antibody fades from the circulation (3-6months usually). Inheritance is a completely different and much more complex issue. I hope this clarifies things for you and Rita.

  2. destiny18_au

    To women who have Lupus and have had children?
    I would like to know if you have had the baby early or not ? I am 28 weeks pregnant have Lupus have a very high clotting factor at 640+ and am on aspirin until 32 weeks and clexaine injections up until 37 weeks. I have read as much information as possible and it says 50% of women with Lupus go into labour early . So I was just wondering how many women actually have gone to full term and if not full term then how far along have you been and has the child had neonatal Lupus this is one of my concerns.

    1. Mleigh23

      Hi! I can’t answer your question specifically because I dont have any children, but I might be able to shed some light on a few things. A friend of mine who I met at a Lupus meeting has had three children since she was diagnosed. One was delivered slightly early but all three are extremely healthy. I think it all depends on if your Lupus flares up during your pregnancy. Some studies say that pregnancy makes it worse, while others say pregnancy actually calms it down and the flare up comes after birth. For me personally, I felt great when I was pregnant , better than when I wasnt, but in my third month, i started bleeding. Same thing happened to a friend of mine who has severe Lupus, she has had several miscarraiges as well. I think it is a great sign that you are so far along. Yes, there are concerns about the baby having some type of complication but it is a very, very small percentage. As far as the clotting factors go, pregnancy in itself can make the clotting factors go up, even in people that dont have Lupus and it is very common in those that do. It sounds like your doctors have you on a good treatment plan. If you haven’t already done so, check out the Lupus Foundation of Americas website, they usually have some good information on there. Also, most states have Lupus meetings in each county once a month. It has been the best thing I ever did for myself. I met a lot of other women who have dealt with the disease alot longer than I have and they were able to answer so many of my questions. Maybe you can find someone there to talk too that has already had children. Good Luck! Feel free to email me if you have any more Lupus issues you want to talk or vent about 😉

  3. Rachael

    can you reword this, 20 points?
    there are four other types of lupus: discoid lupus, drug-induced systemic lupus, neonatal lupus, and subacute cutaneous lupus.

    1. cl0ckw0rkkfuse

      Discoid lupus, drug-induced systemic lupus, neonatal lupus, and subacute cutaneous lupus are four other types of lupus

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