Spring brings more than warm weather. Flowers, pollen, and insects can add allergies to the mix for Lupus Warriors.
An allergy is a reaction by your immune system to a stimulus that does not bother other people. An allergen is, simply, a personal trigger that sends your immune system into full protection mode.
This can be problematic for people with lupus because lupus is an autoimmune disease. The body of a person with lupus already struggles to discern foreign invaders from healthy tissues. Additionally, the symptoms between the two can be similar.
Allergic reactions range from mild, like rashes or hives, to incredibly serious, like anaphylactic shock. People with severe allergic reactions may need to carry an epinephrine autoinjector (better known as the brand name EpiPen). The most common allergens are:
- NSAIDS (ibuprofen and aspirin)
- sulfa drugs
- Environmental Triggers
- pet dander