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Illnesses Covered

Lupus Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Help from the National Health Fund

The National Health Fund provides subsidies for persons living with Lupus. The benefits can be yours by enrolling for a NHF card. The yellow NHF application form should be completed with the applicant’s information, including your TRN as well as your Doctor’s name, address, telephone number, registration number and signature.

If you already have a NHF card, the card can be updated with a new condition by completing a blue NHF change form. This form must be completed with both the applicant’s and the doctor’s information.

What is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)?

Lupus is a long-term disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack healthy cells. It affects multiple organs in the body and can be quite painful. Lupus is difficult to diagnose, may range from mild to severe and has no known cause. The disease is found to be more common among females ages 15 to 44.

Common Symptoms Experienced?

The symptoms come and go and may differ from patient to patient. They may include the following:

  • Prolonged tiredness or weakness
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Headache
  • Sun or light sensitivity
  • Rashes or sores
  • Hair loss
  • Chest pains
  • Trouble breathing
  • Easy bruising
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Aches and Swelling
  • Brown foamy urine
  • Kidney or eye problems

How is Lupus Treated?

There is no cure for lupus, so treatment will depend on your symptoms and needs. Treatment aims to prevent flares, treat symptoms when they happen, and reduce organ damage and other problems. Treatment might include medicines to reduce swelling and pain, calm your immune system to prevent it from attacking the organs and tissues in your body, reduce or prevent damage to the joints, and reduce or prevent organ damage.

Tips on how to take your medication

Healthy Practices for persons living with Lupus

Do’s Dont’s
Wash or sanitize hands frequently

Don’t keep dirty objects near or on the body
Use sunscreen or wear sun-protective clothing

Don’t leave the skin exposed to too much sunlight
Get lots of sleepTry not to worry or stress

Avoid cuts and bruises

Don’t allow cuts to get infected

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