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Understanding Lupus

What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease.
What is an autoimmune disease?
Normally, body’s immune system is designed to fight microorganism causing infections. Due to various reasons, the immune system may start considering its own body organs as foreign and attacks it. This self intolerance is known as autoimmunity. The condition it results into is called as autoimmune disease.
What happens in Lupus?
As previously pointed out, lupus is an autoimmune disease. The immune system in a lupus patient, attacks it own cells & may cause problems related to skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, nervous system, or blood cells.
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Lupus symptoms vary widely. One of the commonest symptom is rash. It commonly appears on the face (forehead & cheeks). This typical distribution makes it appear like a butterfly & is called a butterfly rash. The rash tends to be photosensitive i.e. it is worsened by exposure to sun.

One can also have multiple joint pains & swelling with/ without the rash.

One experiences severe fatigue when the disease is active.

Recurrent mouth sores & severe hair loss are other common symptoms of lupus.

Face rash in lupusoral ulcers in lupus

Also Read:
Lupus Nephritis
Drug Induced Lupus
Lupus band test
Discoid lupus
Pregnancy with lupus
Neonatal lupus
Sunscreens for lupus
Treatment of lupus

Created on: April 2007
Last updated on: Feb 2015
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