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Lupus is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks its healthy cells and tissues instead of foreign substances. This type of damage can affect your skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and brain.  Despite extensive research, the cause of lupus still remains unknown. There have been links between lupus and women of child-bearing age, so there might be a correlation between the disease and hormones. While the cause remains unknown, there are several known symptoms that can differ in severity from person to person. If you are experiencing these 5 symptoms, you may be suffering from lupus.

Fatigue

Do you feel tired all the time? About 90 % of people with lupus report high levels of fatigue. If you are experiencing fatigue, try to remain active and stick to a routine. This will help keep your energy levels up, whereas sleeping too much can actually lead to insomnia at night.

Unexplained fever

Have you ever had a low-grade fever for no reason? A low-grade fever is anything between 98.5˚F and 101˚F and can be indicative of inflammation or infection.

Skin rash or lesions

50% of people with lupus develop a rash over the bridge of the nose and on both cheeks. This can occur suddenly before a flare-up, or after being in the sun. Many people with lupus also have a sun sensitivity.

Painful or swollen joints

Do you have pain, stiffness or visible swelling in your joints? This is another symptom of Lupus. The inflammation can be particularly bad in the morning.

Hair loss

Whether you are losing hair in clumps, or thinning slowly, hair loss is one of the first symptoms of lupus.  It can affect the hair on your head, beard, eyelashes, and eyebrows. This is a result of inflammation of the skin and scalp.

It is of note that not everyone gets every symptom. In some cases, new symptoms might appear overtime while others disappear. There are no environmental risks in developing lupus, but you should be aware of the following risk factors:

  • Sex – more than 90% of people with lupus are women
  • Genetics/heredity
  • Age – it is most common in women between the ages of 15-44

Lupus is a chronic disease with a vast range of symptoms. It can affect more than one part of the body, but a majority of them affect the skin. It’s a baffling condition with many facets still to be explored, but symptom solutions may be found at our clinic.

If you think you may be suffering from lupus, please call us at 773-275-8390 to schedule an appointment. We are here to help.

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