Learn More About Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Overview

Learn More About Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

One of the first steps after a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) diagnosis is understanding the condition. Diplomat is here to help.

But remember: The information here — and on linked sites — is not meant to replace advice, care, or a diagnosis from your physician. If you have questions about your condition, please ask your provider.

Overview

Systemic lupus erythematosus, also known simply as lupus, affects as many as 2 million people in the United States. African Americans — particularly women — are more vulnerable, but anyone can be diagnosed regardless of sex, age or race.

Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its own tissues. This results in swelling, inflammation and damage to joints and organs. Lupus is typically a disease of flare-ups and remission, so patients can have no symptoms one day and debilitating symptoms the next. This can make it difficult for patients to plan or even to leave the house.

Frequent symptoms include extreme fatigue, hair loss, sensitivity to sunlight, chest pain when taking a deep breath, skin rash, uneasiness or malaise, mouth sores, and fever.

In addition to treatment, having the support and understanding of friends and family is crucial to a patient’s success.

Sources

Lupus Foundation of America

Medical News Today

PubMed Health

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