Understanding Lupus: Lupus develops most often between ages 15 and 44. However, between 10 and 20 percent of cases develop during childhood and these cases can evolve more rapidly into serious health complications. Also, beginning the long-term lifetime use of steroids to control flares at an early age increases the potential serious side effects of these medications, and requires diligence treating these young patients.
Early diagnosis and treatment is known to lower the potential lupus severity and mortality. Lupus knowledge and awareness in a child’s parents and physicians can help them recognize the signs and symptoms of lupus and its flares in that child soon enough to positively influence their lifetime health outcomes.
Happy Lupus Awareness Month, Day number 3. 🙂