What is a Lupus Flare?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease of flares and remissions. When the disease is active or when symptoms develop or worsen and you feel ill, it’s called “a flare.” These symptoms come and go and can change suddenly. One week you may have joint pain and rashes. The following week, you may have no symptoms at […]

75+ Facts About Lupus

Despite being one of the most commonly found diseases, lupus is is one of America’s least recognized major diseases. Awareness and accurate knowledge about lupus is lacking even though: Lupus strikes more people than AIDS, Sickle Cell Anemia, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cystic Fibrosis. Combined. Organizations across the country have come together to help […]

Building Your Team of Lupus Medical Specialists

A common question when someone is diagnosed with lupus is: Will I need a special doctor to treat my disease? The answer is: Yes! When you are diagnosed with lupus one of the most important things to managing your chronic illness is developing the right healthcare team for you. Because lupus can affect many different […]

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Diagnosing Lupus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a very complex chronic illness. It is known as “the great imitator” because its symptoms often mimic or resemble other illnesses from rheumatoid arthritis to Lyme disease, making lupus very difficult to diagnose. To complicate matters, many symptoms of lupus can change or come and go suddenly. Combine that with […]

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Lupus Treatment

Although there is no cure for lupus yet, there are medications and treatments that can help control symptoms and prevent or slow organ damage. Some mild lupus cases can be handled without medication, but most patients do require prescription drugs to minimize symptoms and stabilize organ function. Since no two cases of lupus are the […]

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Symptoms of Lupus

Lupus symptoms vary from patient to patient and range from mild to severe. Symptoms also come and go and may change suddenly, depending on which body system the disease is targeting, making lupus very hard to diagnose and manage. Some people with lupus have only one body system affected, like joints or skin. Other times, […]

Types of Lupus

The Four Types of Lupus Lupus Erythematosus is the collection of automimmune diseases where the human immune system becomes hyperactive and starts attacking healthy cells and tissues. Lupus Erthematosus may be Systemic, meaning it can affect many body systems, or Cutaneous, where it’s affects are limited to the skin. There are four different types of […]

What is Lupus?

Lupus erythematosus, known commonly as Lupus, is an autoimmune disease that begins in our immune system, which is thepart of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs.  Healthy immune systems produce antibodies that protect the body from these foreign invaders. With autoimmunity, or “self-ammunity” since “auto” is the Greek root of “self,” the […]

Causes of Lupus

What causes lupus? Just like no one knows a cure for lupus yet, no one knows the exact cause of lupus either. No single factor is known to cause lupus. Research suggests that a combination of  environmental, genetic, hormonal and immune system factors may be behind it. Genetics Genes play an important role, but are […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Lupus

Frequently Asked Questions about Lupus What is Lupus? Unlike with HIV/AIDS where the body’s immune system is deficient, with Lupus, the immune system is overactive. It turns against the body and attacks healthy tissues, causing inflammation, pain and damage in any part of the body from skin and to vital internal organs. Lupus is not […]