What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack and damage healthy tissue in many systems of the body. Because of lupus, various areas of the body, including the joints, kidneys, brain, skin, heart, lungs, and blood cells, become inflamed. Symptoms of lupus range from mild to serious depending on the person and the severity of the lupus.
Although lupus shares many symptoms with other autoimmune conditions, there are distinctive symptoms that can help detect lupus and get an accurate diagnosis. The most recognizable symptom of lupus is a facial rash that resembles a butterfly that forms on the cheeks. While there is no cure for lupus, there are treatments and management techniques that help address the symptoms and reduce inflammation.
Lupus is a common disease, affecting roughly 1.5 million Americans with over 16,000 new cases getting diagnosed each year. These figures likely do not capture the full scope of the disease since many people do not seek or confirm a diagnosis.