Hot Flashes And Lupus
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The disease of lupus is characterized by the appearance of a typical butterfly rash on the face, spreading across the nose and cheeks in the pattern of a butterfly’s body structure with the cheeks symbolizing the wings of the insect. The rash does not affect the sides of the nose and the area between the nose and cheeks. This rash is neither accompanied by pimples nor pustules, as in the case of the one occurring during rosacea.
In fact, the rash is quite hassle free as it neither causes pain nor irritation. As per the severity of the disease, it merely appears and vanishes. Patients suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus being photosensitive, tend to experience an increase in their symptoms in the form of additional rashes on the other body parts on exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. Although the exact cause of lupus remain unknown, many experts put forth a hereditary link to the disease activated by external factors like an infection, stress, allergies, environmental toxins, drugs, or exposure to the sun.
Many women suffering from lupus have reported experiencing of hot flashes as well. Studies conducted so far certainly do not illustrate any direct correlation between these two conditions. However, some researchers believe that redness of skin caused by lupus could aggravate the heat levels within the body. Nevertheless, certain studies do showcase the occurrence of an early menopause in women suffering from lupus. This could be a result of the disease itself or a repercussion of the medicines prescribed for the treatment of lupus. Moreover, the reason for their association in the minds of women could also be a consequence of the fact that lupus and menopause share many similar symptoms. These common symptoms include sleep disorders, heart palpitations, headaches, hot flashes, irregularity in menstrual cycle, appetite changes, gain in weight, body aches, and temperamental changes.
Conventional modes of treating these symptoms include administration of hormone replacement therapy, and intake of anti-depressants and anti-inflammatory drugs. However, these treatment measures are known to cause several severe side effects like cardiac arrests and cancers, due to which many patients prefer to opt for natural remedies. Some of the natural forms of treatment include intake of herbal supplements rich in Vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, magnesium and zinc. In order to obtain maximum benefit, it would be advisable to ensure that these supplements are devoid of any fillers or preservatives.
However, before commencing with any form of treatment, women experiencing signs of early menopause must seek professional assistance so as to establish the correct cause of the condition.
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