What is Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system overreacts and attacks healthy normal tissue, instead of killing germs. It is very complex to diagnose and according to doctor's resulting in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs.The symptoms of lupus can mimic other health problems and is known to disappear and reappear. The not-so-simple answer is that lupus is different for everyone. No two persons with lupus experience the same symptoms and you do not have to be born with the disease; it can onset at any stage in life to man or woman. Lupus ranks with other diseases such as multiple sclerosis and sickle cell anemia as a serious world health problem. It affects more women of color than any other ethnic group and it is not a communicable disease this means it cannot spread from one person to the other. The exact cause of Lupus is unknown and has no cure at this time. Researcher's discovered common stress, environment factors, exposure to sunlight, ultraviolet light (photosensitivity) and taking certain medications can have an impact on the Lupus disease. There is no single test to determine if you have lupus. Genetics and/or heredity are a known factor in determining a person's predisposition for developing Lupus. Even family history of Lupus does not mean an individual will get the disease, only that he/she is more susceptible.Other Lupus Symptoms include:

  • Achy joints
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Chest pains on deep breathing
  • Hair loss (alopecia)
  • Loss of appetite (anorexia)
  • Unexplained fever
  • Swollen legs and eyes
  • Swollen joints
  • Mouth and nose ulcers
  • Fatigue
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to sun
  • Butterfly rashes
  • Seizures
  • Low red blood cell count (anemia)
  • Low white blood cell count (leukopenia)
  • Headache
  • Purple fingers and toes from the cold or stress (Raynaud's phenomenon)
  • Types of Lupus