No two cases of lupus are identical. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly, may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent.
The signs and symptoms of lupus that you experience will depend on which body systems are affected by the disease.
- Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
- Butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose or rashes elsewhere on the body
- Skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure (photosensitivity)
- Fingers and toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods (Raynaud's phenomenon)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Dry eyes
- Headaches, confusion and memory loss
Fact: Lupus occurs more often in women
Fact: Lupus can affect people of all ages, it is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 15-45
Fact: Having lupus can increase your risk of; infection, cancer, bone tissue death (avascular necrosis) and pregnancy complications.
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