We are a European reference centre for the diagnosis and treatment of Lupus as an autoimmune disease.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a autoimmune diseaseThe disease is a chronic, inflammatory inflammation that affects collagen. This substance is a a protein that binds our connective tissues together and holds the whole of our body together, being present in skin, bones and ligaments, tendons and cartilage, adipose and haematological tissue and organs.
When the immune system attacks collagen, the tissue loses elasticity, eliminating or decreasing the functionality of the affected organs.
Lupus causes inflammation, pain and damage to the affected body parts.
Causes of Lupus
Like other autoimmune diseases, we cannot describe a single cause that triggers the disease.
Genetic load is a determining factor in many cases, but there are factors that trigger the disease.
- Hormonal factors. Women suffer more from Lupus than men, accounting for 90 percent of people with the disease. This may be related to women's high oestrogen production, especially before menstruation or during pregnancy.
- Genetic factors. Although the genetic types associated with Lupus have not been determined, there are a high number of cases with a family history of Lupus or other autoimmune diseases.
- Environmental factors. There are environmental factors that can trigger the disease, especially those with a genetic predisposition. At Biosalud Day Hospital we take these factors into account in order to act on them in the treatment.
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Common symptoms are:
- Joint pain and stiffness, with or without inflammation
- Muscle aches, pains or weakness
- Fever with no known cause
- A lot of fatigue
- Butterfly-shaped rash over the nose and cheeks and other skin rashes
- Unusual weight gain or loss
- Anaemia (too few red blood cells)
- Difficulty in thinking, memory problems, confusion
- Kidney problems with no known cause
- Chest pain with deep breathing
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- Hair loss
- Purple or pale toes
Less common symptoms include:
- Blood clots
- mouth or nose sores (usually painless)
- Severe headache
- Not being able to judge reality
- Feeling sad
- Dry or irritated eyes
Treatment of lupus
At Biosalud we design personalised treatments with techniques that allow us to regulate the immune system. In the event that it is necessary to promote the correct functioning of a damaged organ, we will do so by means of homeopathic medicines, enzymes, medicinal plants...
The aim of Biosalud Day Hospital is that the patient obtains the maximum level of comfort in his or her daily life, always trying to make that comfort a reality. regulation of the immune system to contribute to ending or at least controlling this pathology.