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What is Lupus Disease (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)?

LupusSystemic lupus erythematosus is the former, full name of lupus disease or lupus SLA. This autoimmune form of arthritis affects approximately 1 person in every 1000 people and it is 9 times more common in women than in men. But what is lupus disease exactly, how can it affect your various body organs, what are its symptoms and how can you effectively treat it?

What is lupus disease?

Lupus disease causes inflammation in various parts of the body, which depending on its extent can be mild to severe. It can flare up and then simply subside. It can present with many symptoms and mimic various diseases.

What are the symptoms of lupus disease?

Lupus can manifest with a variety of symptoms. An individual suffering from lupus may have a different range of symptoms from another person with the condition. The most common symptoms of lupus disease are:

  • joint aches and pains
  • feeling tired
  • skin rashes and breakouts
  • photo-sensitivity (increased sensitivity to light)
  • fever
  • loss of weight
  • hair loss
  • swollen lymph glands
  • mouth ulcers
  • poor blood circulation to the fingers and toes