NHS Tayside is supporting Lupus Awareness Month throughout October with events hosted by the South and East Scotland Lupus Committee.
Lupus is an uncommon and complex condition that affects many parts of the body and causes many different symptoms. Some common symptoms of lupus include fatigue, skin rash, joint pain and swelling.
Lupus is an auto-immune condition, which means that it is caused by problems with the immune system (the body’s natural defence against illness and infection).
In people with lupus, for reasons that are not clearly understood, the immune system starts to attack healthy cells, tissue and organs. As with other more common auto-immune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, it is thought that a combination of genetic and environmental factors are responsible for triggering the onset of lupus in certain people.
South and East Scotland Lupus Committee members will be manning awareness stands at Ninewells Hospital and Fife hospitals throughout October and handing out leaflets and information on the local support available.
The committee aim to spread awareness and educate local people, patients and medical professionals about Lupus UK - the main charity for lupus patients and those undergoing the diagnosis process.
Managing lupus positively can lessen the chances of the illness flaring up, where lupus becomes more active and the patient feels considerably less well. Whilst some people are severely afflicted by lupus, very many others can live virtually normal lives if they take care of themselves in the appropriate way.
To find out more visit www.lupusuk.org.uk or the Facebook page for ‘South and East Scotland Lupus Group’.