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lupus spf clothing Beauty Health 

SPF Clothing for Lupus Warriors in 2020

Do you have lupus and struggle to get adequate SPF protection for the sun’s harmful rays?  If you are like a majority of people who suffer from photosensitivity with your lupus, you probably already work hard to wear a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen daily.  SPF clothing for lupus patients is extremely important, especially when it comes to preventing lupus flares. But were you aware that you can actually buy SPF clothing that can help protect your lupus skin from the sun?  If you find your photosensitivity is causing your lupus…

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Lupus Mouth Sores Health More 

Lupus Mouth Sores

Are mouth sores a sign of lupus? One of the symptoms I get with lupus are mouth sores.  According to Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, Mouth sores (also referred to as oral lesions or ulcers) occur in approximately 40-50% of lupus patients and are one of the most common symptoms of lupus. While many resources online say that lupus related sores are mostly painless, I have had a few that were really painful! I have always gotten canker sores in my mouth along my gums, tongue, and cheeks.  The mouth sores I get from…

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5 Ways to reduce stress naturally Health Inspiration 

Relax! 5 Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

Okay…okay!  We all hear that we need to relax sometimes, but are you taking your relaxation sessions seriously?  Chronic stress can induce a ton of problems within the body. Check out these 5 natural ways to reduce stress and start relaxing!   Natural Stress Relief #1 Use Lavender One of my favorite natural ways to reduce stress is by using lavender in my home and on my body.  Lavender is one of the oldest natural stress relievers in the world. Lavender is known to be uplifting, as well as soothing and…

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is lupus genetic Health More 

Is Lupus Genetic?

Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease that plagues millions of people around the world.  While lupus was first discovered and named in the thirteenth century by a physician named Rogerius.  He coined the term ‘lupus’ because it is the latin word for ‘wolf’ because he believed the malar rash resembled that of a wolf bite.  Over the years, many researchers and physicians have made great scientific stride in learning about lupus. Although lupus was medically discovered generations ago, it is still lagging behind many other diseases in terms of research…

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Lupus Genetic Markers Health More 

Lupus Genetic Markers

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation and destruction of multiple body organs. The antibodies get activated against its body organs and start destroying them. It has clinical heterogeneity which means that it has a variety of disease manifestations. It may involve one body organ in one person and multiple organ systems in the other. It shares its signs and symptoms with other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Same is true regarding its severity.   Lupus and Genetics Lupus is a multifactorial disorder with an elusive etiology; it…

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beginners yoga for lupus and fibromyalgia Health 

Best Youtube Videos for Beginners Yoga for Lupus and Fibromyalgia

One of my favorite and sometimes only way to stay active, is to do yoga.  Most people have heard of yoga and may think it is just some kind of health fad that does not provide any real benefit.  The truth is, if I do not do some sort of yoga or stretching daily, my body will get ‘stuck’ and it becomes a lot harder to get my body moving again.  I started looking on Youtube for various yoga videos aimed at those with fibromyalgia and other diseases with chronic…

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Lupus Body Rash Health More 

Lupus Body Rash

Most of us are aware of the Malar rash and rashes we may get when exposed to the sun or even UV lights.  I experienced rashes after the sun that looked similar to “sun poisoning” (and was told that is what it was for many years).  Just recently, I have begun to develop wheals of incredibly itchy and burning spots that resemble hives (urticaria).  These spots pop up when I start flaring and are quickly resolved once I start on a high Prednisone taper.  The thing about these lupus hives…

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Blue Green Algae and Autoimmune Diseases Health 

Blue Green Algae and Autoimmune Disease

“Blue-green algae” consists of a group of bacteria that produce blue-green pigments. Blue Green algae grows in salt water and sometimes, large fresh water lakes.  Blue-green algae is commonly used in various food over the past few centuries in Mexico and some African countries. Since the 1970s, blue green algae supplements have also emerged in the US market.   Should People with Autoimmune Diseases Take Blue Green Algae Supplements? In recent years, the theory of “Leaky Gut” has caused an increase in blue green algae supplements and usage.  Many people are…

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The New Lupus Drug that Could Replace Plaquenil Health More 

The New Lupus Drug That Could Replace Plaquenil

According to the Lupus Research Institute,  a new study by Target Identification in Lupus grantee Keith Elkon, MD, of the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues has given hope that a new drug they designed could possibly work better than the most common anti-malaria drug currently prescribed to lupus patients.     Plaquenil is the brand name of Hydroxychloroquine.  Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial drug that has been used for a long time in rheumatic diseases like lupus and arthritis.  It was originally created as an anti malarial drug, but was found to help…

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