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Learn about lupus

Lupus is a chronic disease that causes systemic inflammation. Lupus occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs.

In addition to the skin and joints, lupus can affect other organs in the body, such as the kidneys, lungs, and brain. Many people with lupus experience debilitating symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, and fever.

There are several types of lupus, including:

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus is the most common type of lupus. Systemic lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes swelling and pain throughout the body. Instead of fighting potential threats to the body, the immune system targets healthy tissue, leading to organ damage.

Lupus of the skin

Cutaneous lupus erythematosus affects the skin. People with lupus of the skin often experience issues like skin rashes and sensitivity to the sun. Hair loss can also be a symptom of cutaneous lupus.

Drug-induced lupus erythematosus

Drug-induced lupus is caused by certain medications. People with this type of lupus share the same symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus. However, this type of lupus is often temporary, and symptoms clear up once you stop using the medication causing it.

Neonatal lupus erythematosus

Neonatal lupus is found in infants at birth. Children with neonatal lupus have antibodies that were passed to them from their mother. This type of lupus is rare, and not every baby born to a mother with lupus will have neonatal lupus.



Lupus causes

  • In healthy people, the immune system protects the body from potential threats. With lupus, the immune system attacks itself in a process called autoimmunity, or the "loss of self-tolerance."

    Although the exact cause of lupus is unknown, some possible risk factors include:

    • Exposure to sunlight

    • Infections

    • Stress

    • Specific medications

    • Smoking

    • Excessive drinking

    • Stopping lupus medications


    Research shows that antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) are usually present in people with autoimmune disorders, including lupus. ANAs work by targeting the nucleus of the body's cells, which contain genetic material.



Lupus symptoms

  • Every case of lupus is different, and people with lupus may experience different symptoms. The symptoms of lupus can come on suddenly or develop gradually. They can vary in severity and may be temporary or permanent.

    The symptoms of lupus will vary depending on which body systems lupus affects. Some common symptoms of lupus include:

    • Chest pain

    • Skin rashes

    • Joint pain and inflammation

    • Fever or headache

    • Skin lesions when exposed to UV radiation

    • Fatigue and memory loss

    • Shortness of breath

    • Kidney problems

    • Dry eyes

    • Anemia

    • Blood clots



How to treat lupus

Although there's no cure for lupus, there are several treatment options to manage the disease and improve daily functioning.

Every person is different, and your treatment plan may vary depending on the type and severity of lupus. In most cases, treating lupus involves a combination of medication and home remedies.



Lupus medications

Because lupus can contribute to multiple health problems, there are several types of medications that can treat the disease. Together with your doctor, you can find the best treatment plan and medications for you based on your lupus diagnosis.

Some common medications used to treat lupus include:





  • Pain relievers (analgesics)

    If you're experiencing pain, your primary care doctor may recommend over-the-counter medications to reduce swelling and treat fever.

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

    NSAIDs treat pain, reduce inflammation, and prevent blood clots. Many lupus patients take a low-dose aspirin to lower their risk of blood clots.

  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)

    These drugs work to reduce pain and inflammation, prevent joint damage, and preserve joint functioning in people with systemic lupus erythematosus.

  • Immunosuppressants

    Immunosuppressants stop your immune system from attacking healthy cells. If you're having severe symptoms of lupus that affect your organs, your doctor may prescribe immunosuppressants.

How to prevent lupus

It's not always possible to prevent lupus. However, you can take steps to avoid symptom flare-ups:

  • Avoid sun exposure to reduce skin rashes

  • Practice low-impact exercises to combat joint pain

  • Maintain healthy habits, such as getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet



When to see a doctor for lupus

If you experience any new or worsening symptoms, talk to your primary care doctor as soon as possible. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience:

  • Severe stomach pain

  • Chest pain or shortness of breath

  • Seizures

  • New onset of fever

  • Excessive bruising or bleeding

  • Mood changes or confusion



Related conditions to lupus

  • Lyme disease

    Similar to lupus, Lyme disease presents as an autoimmune disease. Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite, which transmits bacteria, leading to an infection. Both diseases can cause pain and a distinctive skin rash, so it's important to talk to your doctor to find the best treatment.

  • Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia causes widespread chronic pain and tenderness. Fibromyalgia doesn't cause an increased risk of lupus, but people with lupus are more susceptible to fibromyalgia pain.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus are both autoimmune diseases. With RA, the immune system mainly affects the joints. However, lupus can affect other parts of the body, including the kidneys, heart, and brain.



Lupus treatment FAQs

  • What is the best treatment for lupus?

    The best treatment for lupus usually involves a combination of medications, such as NSAIDs, corticosteroids, and other immunosuppressants. Lupus medications work in different ways to relieve symptoms and manage related health conditions.

  • What is the best medication for lupus?

    The best medication for lupus will depend on the type and severity of lupus. Many people with lupus take low-grade NSAIDs to reduce inflammation, pain, and fever.

  • What is the life expectancy for lupus?

    With proper treatment, most people with lupus can live a normal life span. Although there's no cure for lupus, most cases of lupus are not fatal.

  • How serious is lupus?

    Lupus varies in severity from person to person. Some people have mild cases, while others have moderate and severe cases, which are more difficult to manage. For people with severe flare-ups, there's a greater chance that lupus may cause life-threatening problems.

  • Can lupus just go away?

    No, there's no cure for lupus. Treatment for lupus focuses on relieving symptoms, controlling the disease, and limiting the amount of damage it does to your body.

  • How does a person get lupus?

    The exact cause of lupus is unknown, but research suggests that lupus results from a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors. People with a genetic predisposition for lupus may develop the disease when they come into contact with environmental triggers.

  • What are the chances of surviving lupus?

    The chances of surviving lupus are high. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, most people with lupus live normal life spans with proper treatment.

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