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Lupus Foundation of America

Lupus Foundation

 

 

 

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. We envision a life free of lupus.

 

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy.

 

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

 

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

 

Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better).

 

Additional Facts may be found by clicking here

 

 

What are the Common Symptoms of Lupus?

Because lupus can affect so many different organs, a wide range of symptoms can occur. These symptoms may come and go, and different symptoms may appear at different times during the course of the disease.

 

The most common symptoms for women and men are the same and may be found here.

 

How is Lupus Treated?

Lupus symptoms vary from one person to another. In many cases, the best treatment approach is with a health care team that will tailor treatment to your specific condition.

 

There are many categories of drugs physicians use to treat lupus. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or “FDA” has approved only a few specifically for lupus, which include:

  • Corticosteroids, including prednisone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone, and hydrocortisone
  • Antimalarials, such as hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil®) and chloroquine
  • The monoclonal antibody belimumab (Benlysta®)
  • Acthar (repository corticotropin injection), which contains a  naturally ocurring hormone called ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone)
  • Aspirin

A detailed list of medications to treat lupus can be found here

 

 

 

Help & Resources

 

Through programs of research, education and support services, the Lupus Foundation of America provides help and hope to people with lupus and their families.

 

 

For Patients, Families and Caregivers

Resources and programs for patients, families and caregivers

 

 

For Healthcare Professionals

Resources and programs for healthcare professionals

 

 

 

New & Stories

 

 

 

Contact the Florida Chapter

 

Patient or Caregiver Inquiries

To reach a lupus navigator, please fill out a lupus navigator request formcontact us on our InfoLine at 1-855-905-8787 or at the address below.

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To reach us for general inquiries or business matters, please  complete our inquiry form, call our offices at 1-561-279-8606 Ext. 2 or contact us at the address below.

 

Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter
2300 High Ridge Road, Suite 375
Boynton Beach, FL 33426


• Main:  561-279-8606 Ext. 2
• InfoLine: 1-855-90-LUPUS or 1-855-905-8787
• Fax: 561-935-1435
• Email: info@lupusfl.org

  

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