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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system, for unknown reasons, becomes hyperactive and attacks normal tissue. This attack results in inflammation and brings about a variety of symptoms. Literally, autoimmune means immune activity directed against ones self. With lupus the immune system attacks the different cells in the body. In autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, the immune system gets confused and reacts to the body's own tissues.

The symptoms of lupus vary widely depending on the individual case and the exact form of lupus. Most people with lupus do not experience all of the symptoms. The following list of lupus symptoms only serves to alert people to possibility that lupus might be the cause of the symptoms:

  • Achy or swollen joints
  • Persistent fever over 100 degrees
  • Prolonged, extreme fatigue
  • Skin rashes, including a butterfly shaped rash across the cheeks and nose
  • Pain in the chest on deep breathing
  • Anemia
  • Excessive protein in the urine
  • Sensitivity to sun or ultraviolet light
  • Hair loss
  • Abnormal blood clotting problems
  • Fingers turning white and/or blue in the cold
  • Seizures
  • Mouth or nose ulcers lasting longer than two weeks

Consider the following forms of lupus:

    • Lupus in Overlap
    • Neonatal lupus
    • Drug-induced lupus
    • Systemic lupus
    • Chronic cutaneous LE (CCLE)
    • Discoid
    • Subacute cutaneous LE (SCLE)
    • Acute cutaneous LE (ACLE)
    • Lupus anticoagulant

 Also, consider the following lupustreatments:

    • Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
    • Corticosteroids
    • Anti-malarials
    • immunosuppressants (or immunomodulating) /chemotherapy

 
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