Lupus is an autoimmune disease that mainly effects women aged 15 to 44. However, anyone can be struck with this ailment. It isn’t contagious and develops when a person’s immune system cannot fight off foreign invaders.
There are many symptoms of Lupus. Extreme fatigue is the most common symptom. There is also a butterfly shaped rash that generally occurs on the cheeks and nose on an affected individual. Although it is not necessarily always present.
Headaches are a common complaint with this disease. Painful and swollen joints are also a universal symptom. It can become quite difficult to walk or move.
Blood tests generally reveal anemia in Lupus patients. Patients generally run a fever. Edema is found in feet, legs, hands, and also around the eyes. Another symptom can also be pain upon taking a deep breath.
Hair loss is a possibility with this disease. Raynaud’s disease can also be present. This is when the fingers can turn white or even blue when the individual becomes cold. Another sign of Lupus can be the development of mouth or nose ulcers. Other patients might experience an extreme sensitivity to light.
Lupus can affect pretty much any organ in the body and cause inflammation. This can lead to infections and possibly even kidney failure. A patient can also become severely depressed.
Any combination of symptoms can be present, but not necessarily every one of them. Lupus can also mimic other diseases making it difficult to diagnose. There will be a combination of symptoms taken into consideration plus lab work to determine if Lupus is present. It takes time to diagnose and with proper care, it is a treatable disease, although it is not curable.