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What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body).

How is lupus diagnosed?

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs

What causes lupus?

While the cause is unknown, scientists suspect that individuals are genetically predisposed to lupus, and the disease remains quiet until a trigger sets the disease process in motion.

How is lupus treated?

Lupus symptoms vary from one person to another.

Who gets lupus?

While lupus can occur at any age and in either sex, 90 percent of those living with lupus are female.

Why is lupus so difficult to diagnose?

There is no single diagnostic test for lupus.

What is drug induced lupus?

Drug-induced lupus is a lupus-like disease caused by certain prescription drugs.

Is there a test for lupus?

There is no single test that can determine whether a person has lupus

What is a flare?

A “flare” is a sudden change in disease activity.

What are the symptoms of lupus?

A patient suffering from lupus can present are countless symptoms depending on which part of the body the condition is affecting. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Organ damage
  • Chest pains
  • Pneumonia
  • Anaemia
  • Blood clots
  • Skin rashes
  • Itching
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Behaviour swings
  • Seizures / stroke
  • Photosensitivity
  • Weight loss
  • Mouth / Nose ulcers
  • Painful and/or swollen joints
  • Swelling in feet, legs, hands, and/or eyes

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