What Is Lupus?

Free Booklet-Living Well with Lupus

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.


If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lupus, please consider attending a
local lupus support group to share your story and learn from other patients’ experiences.


Lupus Fact Sheet

Learn more about lupus


Lupus Symptoms

Ways to spot lupus


Lupus Diagnosis

How to determine if you have lupus


Diagnosed with Lupus?

Steps to take after your diagnosis


Lupus Treatments

Ways to treat your lupus


Smart Moves

Make living with lupus easier



More Educational Links:

Power Point: An Overview of SLE

Power Point: Health Disparities in Lupus

Power Point: Lupus through the Lifespan

Morbidity and Mortality in Lupus

Do I Have Lupus?

Johns Hopkins Lupus Center

Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Examine Your Perspective: How Patient and Physician Thinking Impact the Diagnosis and Treatmentof Lupus

Lupus Symptom Tracker

WebMD Lupus Community 

Lupus Slideshow


New videos uploaded July 2017

Lupus Videos

If you are new to lupus, this short video is an excellent place to start…

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Causes, symptoms, diagnosis and pathology

Lupus nephritis (kidney disease) affects 40% to 50% of lupus patients. Learn more in this video…Lupus Nephritis

Living with Lupus

Lupus: An Invisible Monster

What Is Lupus?


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