Lupus (SLE) can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.

Symptoms vary but can include fatigue, joint pain, rash, and fever. These can periodically get worse (flare-up) and then improve.

While there's no cure for lupus, current treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications, such as anti-inflammatories and steroids.

An inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues.

  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • SLE

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

Common

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Cases per year

More than 200,000 US cases per year

Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging always required

Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

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