What is lupus?

Lupus is a life-long autoimmune disease – meaning your immune system attacks healthy tissue and organs, instead of just fighting off germs like it’s supposed to.
This can cause pain, inflammation and tissue damage to any organ in the body.
Lupus is not cancer and it’s not something you can catch.

How can this affect me?

While anyone can develop lupus, more than 90% of people with lupus are women.

Black and Latino women are 2-3x more likely to develop lupus.

Lupus is most common in women between the ages of 15-44.

There are many challenges to reaching a lupus diagnosis. It can often take years, because its symptoms mimic many other illnesses.

Getting an early diagnosis of lupus is critical to preventing long-term consequences of the disease.

What are your symptoms?

Lupus symptoms can show up in many different ways. Sometimes they appear out of the blue, and sometimes they can linger. Each person’s experience is unique, so your symptoms may not be the same as someone you know who has been diagnosed with lupus. Below are some of the most common signs and symptoms of lupus:

Pain or swelling in
your joints that always
seems to come back

Extreme exhaustion
no matter how much
sleep you get

Pain in your chest
when you take
a deep breath

A rash across
your face

Low-grade fevers
you can’t explain

Recurring sores
in your mouth

Any of these sound familiar?

Or maybe you are experiencing other symptoms we didn’t list.
Experiencing symptoms doesn’t guarantee that you have lupus. But it does mean you’ve got to listen to your body because it’s trying to tell you something.
So it’s time for you to take control.

Ok, deep breaths, there are things you can do, let’s get going.

What’s next?

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