Stem Cell Treatment for Lupus in West Columbia, SC
Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that affects millions globally, occurs when the immune system begins attacking healthy tissue. While the disease can be diagnosed at any age, most lupus patients are diagnosed between their early teen years and middle age. Lupus saw in women, although people of Asian, Hispanic, and African-American descent also have a high risk.
While the cause of Lupus is not yet known, genetic background is widely believed to be a likely culprit. There are a few ways Lupus is believed to be triggered:
- Exposure to sunlight, causing the development of skin lesions.
- Certain types of medications (specifically anti-seizure, antibiotics, and blood pressure medications) with symptoms disappearing once patients stop taking the drugs.
- Infections may also trigger both the initial appearance of lupus as well as its recurrence.
Symptoms of Lupus
Symptoms of lupus include:
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Joint stiffness
- Chest pain
- Dry eyes
- Hair loss
- Red skin rashes (a butterfly-shaped rash across the face is common)
- Anemia or fatigue
- Headaches and confusion
Stem Cell Treatment
While there is no cure for Lupus, many treatments exist which may significantly improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease. Trials are currently being conducted which use stem cells to treat the symptoms of lupus. Stem cells can serve some different functions in the human body.
Stem cells found in adult tissue are easier to obtain but serve a limited number of functions. Stem cells found in amniotic fluid, however, can perform almost any function but are highly controversial. If you are approved for a trial treatment, stem cells will be harvested, processed, and reintroduced to your body. These stem cells are reintroduced into areas of inflammation with the hope of repairing the damage done.
Lupus can be fatal in cases where the organs are at risk of damage. In most other cases, however, proper treatment allows those with lupus can be fairly regular lives. Proper monitoring and maintenance often involve making regular appointments with a physician, maintaining an ideal diet, exercise routine, and sleep schedule, and applying sunscreen with at least 50 SPF before going outside. Request more information about Lupus today. Call (803) 232-7225 or contact Dr. John Stavrakos online.
Vitality Medical Centers
Address103 Sum Mor Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
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