Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues and organs. Lupus is often a challenge to diagnose because no two cases are alike and the symptoms often mimic those of other ailments.
Inflammation caused by lupus may affect various body systems. Symptoms include intense fatigue, joint pain, memory loss, kidney problems, heart disease, lung inflammation and more. One of the most common sign of lupus is a facial rash resembling butterfly wings across both cheeks.
An estimated 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Most are young women of childbearing age, and suffer from such symptoms as intense fatigue and exhaustion, joint pains, thinking and memory problems, and skin rashes.
Although there is no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms and new medications are under development.
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