What Are the Signs of Lupus?

By amara
Jun 28, 2020
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Systemic lupus erythematosus, known as SLE or lupus, is an autoimmune disorder. This means that the immune system of someone with lupus mistakenly attacks the person’s own cells as if they were foreign objects. Scientists are uncertain what causes the disease, but it appears to have a genetic component that is activated by environmental factors including ultraviolet light, viral infections, and exposure to certain particulate matter in the air.

Lupus is notoriously hard to diagnose, in part because different individuals can exhibit different symptoms, and because the symptoms can abate during times of remission. The average lupus patient spends six years waiting for a definitive diagnosis. Doctors use a series of laboratory tests to confirm the condition, but there are 10 common Signs that give early clues to the disease’s presence.


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