Toni Braxton is on the mend following her sudden hospitalization for lupus-induced blood clots, which can be life threatening. The R&B singer has been struggling with the disease for the past couple of years. There is no known cure.
Lupus is an auto-immune disease that is genetically related. Braxton, 45, revealed two years ago that she had contracted the disease.
Her uncle died from lupus-related health problems and her brother also suffers from the illness, she said. Braxton has also struggled with financial difficulties, which she said are related to the disease.
While there is no cure there are treatments to minimize the symptoms, and Braxton tweeted that she was responding to medication. “I’m in the hospital for health issues related to Lupus & Blood clots, I will be home soon.”
Lupus symptoms can be triggered by any number of factors including stress. Lady Gaga also revealed that she, too, is predisposed to lupus and is trying to keep the disease in check.
“It’s more making sure that I reduce stress in my life to make sure I don’t develop [the disease],” Gaga said in June 2010. “I make much more of an effort now to minimize the drama or the stress. I take care of myself.” She is “borderline positive” for the disease.
Gaga, 26, revealed that her aunt died from lupus.
No two cases of lupus are exactly alike, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms may come on suddenly or slowly, may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent.
Among the most common symptoms are fatigue and fever, joint pain, stiffness and swelling, butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose and skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure.