Navigation Links
Leveling Lupus Lesions,,

Each year, more than 16,000 people develop lupus, a disorder of the immune system. Many of them will develop skin lesions on their face.// Now, there is a new use for an old treatment that eliminates the embarrassment of this common condition.

Beverly Gibson says it's been tough living with lupus, a disease that causes the body's immune system to attack its own cells. "It's changed my life a lot," she says.

The condition caused lesions inside her mouth and on her face. Even make-up wouldn't cover the spots completely. "I felt like everybody was looking at me, and you know, when they looked at me, all they looked at was my face," says Gibson.

Doctors say sun exposure can trigger the lesions. "It doesn't have to be sun exposure like sitting on the beach. It can just be trips to the car that add up and produce this kind of problem," says Joseph Jorizzo, M.D., a dermatologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

When sunscreen and medications aren't enough, doctors are turning to the drug thalidomide. "And it really has proven to be a lifesaver from the dermatologic standpoint in patients with very disfiguring skin diseases that fail traditional therapy," says Dr. Jorizzo.

Once used as a sleep aid, thalidomide was banned after causing severe birth defects in babies born to mothers who used it. It's had few negative side effects in this group and one very positive effect on Gibson. "I don't have those lesions or the sores anymore. It makes me feel more confident about myself." Gibson says that makes the outside world a much friendlier place.

One side effect that may occur is tingling in the feet and hands after prolonged use. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, between 500,000 and 1.5 million people in the United States have lupus.


'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. New Way To Treat Lupus
2. Oral contraceptives safe for women with Lupus erythematosus
3. Biomarkers Found Harmful For Human Lupus
4. Pregnant Women With Lupus Are At Greater Risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios ... X. , "Film editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by using ... - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Orion, Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, ... ... with respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women ... intercourse but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June ... , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to ... is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, ... and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained ... Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, ... the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. ... toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... KNOXVILLE, Tenn. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... market providing less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal ... million in funding.  The Series-A funding is led ... the Lighthouse Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, ... less-invasive neurosurgical instrumentation and the market release of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality (Filler, ... Global Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. ... pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to reach USD 8.1 ... the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on ... today announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing ... Duchenne) has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. ... in the third quarter of 2016, and to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: