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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 (pronounced: LOOP-iss) can vary from person to person, but may include:
Most people with lupus are women in their late teens to forties.
There are three kinds of lupus:
People can develop lupus for one or more of these reasons:
may play a role, which could explain why lupus is more common in women.
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 the condition, but treatment can help control its symptoms. Often, someone 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:
For a lot of people with lupus, taking some steps can help prevent flare-ups. Getting enough rest and not getting too busy or overly stressed can help. So can eating well and exercising regularly. Exercise also helps with tiredness and joint stiffness. Doctors recommend avoiding the sun as much as possible and wearing sunscreen and protective clothing when outside.
Lupus is a chronic disease, but treatments can help with symptoms and lower the risk of flare-ups.
To help you manage:
Learn all you can about lupus. Your care team is a great resource. You also can find information and support online at:
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.
The immune system is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that defend people against germs and microorganisms.
If you suffer from a chronic illness, you know it can be anything but fun. But you can become better informed and more involved in your care. Here are tips to help you deal.
Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. But you might not be getting it. Here’s why – and tips for getting more shut-eye.
There’s good stress and bad stress. Find out what’s what and learn practical ways to cope in this article.
Getting the right amount of exercise can rev up your energy levels and even help you to feel better emotionally. Find out why.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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