What is Lupus?
Lupus (lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s tissues and organs. Lupus usually irritates the skin and may cause inflammation in multiple areas including: skin, joints, kidneys, heart and lungs, and the blood cells. Generally, when someone gets sick, like having a “cold,” your body’s immune system will create antibodies to fight off the germs and bacteria that are making you sick. In the case of a Lupus patient, the immune system is unable to decipher between foreign cells, such as viruses, and the cells and tissues that make up the body. Without this ability to tell the difference between foreign bacteria and the cells and tissues, the immune system, wrongly attacks the body.
What are the Symptoms?
It can be very difficult to diagnose Lupus as the symptoms are often similar to those in other diseases and ailments. For instance, a lupus patient may feel fatigued or have a fever, but there are many ailments that may cause these symptoms. Someone with a cold or flu may be both fatigued and have a fever, and sometimes, simply not eating healthy food and getting proper rest can cause you to feel fatigued. With that said, typically a specific butterfly looking facial rash, along with the other symptoms may help your physician diagnose your condition.