7 Facts You Should Know About Lupus

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Lupus can be a tricky disease because of its complexity. Some aspects concerning symptoms, diagnosis, types of lupus, who it affects the most and more, can seem quite mysterious due to an overall lack of knowledge. To help you learn more about lupus, here’s a list of seven facts:



Autoimmune diseases are serious conditions when your own immune system attacks your healthy cells. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is chronic, meaning that it is a long-lasting condition which can last months, years, or even for life.

Learn more about symptoms and treatment options for autoimmune diseases.


Lupus is such a mysterious and complex disease that there is currently no cure, but plenty of treatment options. Doctors treat lupus according to the symptoms that patients show in order to cure or lessen symptoms occurring at that moment.

Read more about 5 treatment options for lupus.


One of the reasons lupus is so mysterious is that there’s no known cause for what triggers the symptoms. Even though relatives of lupus patients may have a higher risk of developing the disease, it is not a hereditary illness.

Find out more about what can trigger a lupus flare.


Women are more at risk for developing lupus than men. Children, teenagers, or women of younger ages are part of this risk group.

Find out more about 9 symptoms of lupus in children you should be aware of.

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It’s estimated that 5 million people worldwide live with lupus — and many of them are not aware that they have the disease. Celebrities Seal, Paula Abdul, Toni Braxton, and Selena Gomez live with lupus and have been outspoken in advocating and raising awareness for the need to cure the disease.

Here’s a list of 6 celebrities living with lupus.


There are at least thirteen common symptoms and signs of lupus in patients. Because it is a very individualized disease, patients may have different symptoms and lupus can affect them differently. Patients need at least four symptoms present to be diagnosed. Sometimes it takes a long time for doctors to provide a lupus diagnosis because the disease can affect any part of a patient’s body and there is no one specific test to achieve the diagnosis.

Find out 13 of the most common symptoms of lupus here.

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is the most common form of lupus and is considered more serious than the other forms. It affects many parts of a person’s body including kidneys, lungs, blood, skin, and others.
Lupus Discoid is a form of lupus that only affects the skin and causes rashes. These rashes may be anywhere but are usually found on the face, neck, and scalp. It does not affect any of the internal body organs although one in 10 people living with discoid lupus will develop systemic lupus.
Drug-induced Lupus (DIL) occurs after a person takes certain types of medication. The symptoms are similar to systemic lupus but they usually disappear when the course of medication is finished. Symptoms are typically gone within six months but the antinuclear antibody (ANA) test may stay positive for years.
Neonatal Lupus is rare, but can happen that a newborn of a mother with lupus may have neonatal lupus. The condition can cause skin rashes, anemia or liver problems. Symptoms usually go away after a few months and don’t cause permanent damage.

Learn more about types of autoimmune disease and their definitions.

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