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How to reduce burden of lupus disease –Rheumatologist

by James Davies


A Consultant Rheumatologist, Dr. Hakeem Olaosebikan, has called for improved awareness to reduce the burden of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus disease.

Olaosebikan, who works at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.

He made the call in commemoration of the World Lupus Day celebrated annually on May 10, with this year’s theme as “Lupus: A Challenge to Resilience.”

Systemic lupus erythematosus or lupus disease is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body system attacks its tissues and organs.

According to Olaosebikan, lupus can affect people of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, genders and ages.

He said that women of childbearing age were also affected more often than men.

The rheumatologist said that diagnosing lupus was often difficult as its symptoms mimic those of other common ailments.

He noted that the symptoms vary among individuals and could range from mild to severe.

Olaosebikan said that common symptoms included joint pain and swelling, fever, chest pain, hair loss, mouth ulcers, and rashes, among others.

According to him, although the cause of the disease is still unclear, it can be due to changes in hormones, genetics, environmental issues, smoking, and vitamin D deficiency.

He said that presently there was no cure for the disease, adding that it was treated with Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, immunosuppressants and hydroxychloroquine, among others.

Olaosebikan said that understanding lupus would assist control its impact and ensure that people with lupus are diagnosed and treated effectively.

He called for improved patient healthcare services and increased research into the causes and cures for lupus to enhance the treatment of the disease. 

(NAN)



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