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Lupus is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that damages different organs, including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, and brain. The damage happens because the germ-fighting immune system attacks the body’s own cells. This is called autoimmunity.
Medicine can help with symptoms and lower the risk of flare-ups (times when symptoms get worse).
Signs and symptoms of lupus (LOOP-iss) can vary from person to person, but may include:
Most people with lupus are women in their late teens to forties. Less often, children (usually girls) can have it.
There are three kinds of lupus:
People can develop lupus for one or more of these reasons:
Doctors diagnose lupus by asking about symptoms and doing an exam. They’ll also do blood tests to look for:
Diagnosing lupus can be hard because it can affect almost any organ in the body, and symptoms vary widely from patient to patient.
Treatment for lupus depends on the organs involved. There is no cure for it, but treatment can help control symptoms. Often, a patient with lupus has a health care team with specialists such as:
Medicines can help lower the risk of flare-ups and improve symptoms. Someone with lupus may take:
Doctors may also recommend that people with lupus:
Lupus is a chronic disease, but treatments can help with symptoms and lower the risk of flare-ups. New and better tools to diagnose and treat lupus have improved the lives of those living with the disease.
To help your child manage:
It also helps to learn all you can about lupus with your child. The care team is a great resource. You also can find information and support online at:
The immune system is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that defend people against germs and microorganisms.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disease for doctors to diagnose â and even fully understand. Find out more about this often misunderstood condition.
Lupus is a disease that affects the immune system. Learn how lupus is treated, signs and symptoms, how to support a friend who has it, and more.
The immune system, composed of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that protect against germs and microorganisms, is the body’s defense against disease.
Raynaud’s syndrome makes a person’s fingers or toes temporarily feel cold, numb, tingly, or painful.
Anemia happens when there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells in the body. It can be caused by many things, including dietary problems, medical treatments, and inherited conditions.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disease. It’s a physical condition that also can also affect a person emotionally.
In juvenile idiopathic arthritis (also called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)), a person can develop swollen, warm, and painful joints. Learn more.
Lyme disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and other organ systems. If Lyme disease is diagnosed quickly and treated with antibiotics, most people feel better quickly.
Without bones, muscles, and joints, we couldn’t stand, walk, run, or even sit. The musculoskeletal system supports our bodies, protects our organs from injury, and enables movement.
Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells. A hemoglobin test can be done as part of a routine checkup to screen for problems and or because a child isn’t feeling well.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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