Facts About Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks otherwise normal, healthy tissue. As a result, people affected can suffer symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, lungs and the heart. (credit: Getty Images)
Facts About Lupus Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks otherwise normal, healthy tissue. As a result, people affected can suffer symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, lungs and the heart. (credit: Getty Images)
There is no one test to diagnose lupus. In fact, it may take months or years to make the diagnosis. (credit: Getty Images)
Facts About Lupus There is no one test to diagnose lupus. In fact, it may take months or years to make the diagnosis. (credit: Getty Images)
During the onset of lupus, it can appear as rheumatoid arthritis, which causes joint pain and swelling, or fibromyalgia, which causes fatigue and pain.
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Facts About Lupus During the onset of lupus, it can appear as rheumatoid arthritis, which causes joint pain and swelling, or fibromyalgia, which causes fatigue and pain. (credit: Getty Images)
Joint and muscle pain are often the first signs of lupus. (credit: Getty Images)
Facts About Lupus Joint and muscle pain are often the first signs of lupus. (credit: Getty Images)
Many people with lupus are unusually sensitive to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet light. In fact, a day of sun can sometimes trigger a skin rash in areas of the skin for sufferers. (credit: Getty Images)
Facts About Lupus Many people with lupus are unusually sensitive to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet light. In fact, a day of sun can sometimes trigger a skin rash in areas of the skin for sufferers. (credit: Getty Images)
As lupus progresses, it can interfere with the body's organs Many can develop kidney problems and issues with their lungs. (credit: Getty Images)
Facts About Lupus As lupus progresses, it can interfere with the body's organs Many can develop kidney problems and issues with their lungs. (credit: Getty Images)
Chest pain is one symptom of lupus. (credit: Getty Images)
Facts About Lupus Chest pain is one symptom of lupus. (credit: Getty Images)
There is no one test to diagnose lupus. In fact, it may take months or years to make the diagnosis. (credit: Getty Images)
Facts About Lupus There is no one test to diagnose lupus. In fact, it may take months or years to make the diagnosis. (credit: Getty Images)
Although there is no cure for lupus, medicines and lifestyle changes can help control it. Exercise can help keep symptoms minimal.  (credit: Getty Images)
Facts About Lupus Although there is no cure for lupus, medicines and lifestyle changes can help control it. Exercise can help keep symptoms minimal. (credit: Getty Images)
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help with sufferers of lupus.  (credit: Getty Images)
Facts About Lupus A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help with sufferers of lupus. (credit: Getty Images)
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