May is Lupus Awareness Month!
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes swelling (inflammation) and a wide variety of symptoms. Lupus affects each individual uniquely. Some people have only a few mild symptoms and others have many, more severe symptoms.
Symptoms usually start in early adulthood, anywhere from the teen years to the 30s. As with some other autoimmune diseases, people with lupus generally experience flare-ups of symptoms followed by periods of remission. That’s why early signs are easy to dismiss.
Because early symptoms are similar to those of so many other conditions, diagnosis can be difficult and take years. Symptoms include fatigue, unexplained low-grade fever, hair loss, skin rashes or lesions, pulmonary issues, inflammation in the kidneys, painful and swollen joints, gastrointestinal problems, thyroid problems, dry eyes or mouth, muscle pain and more.
If you or someone you know has these symptoms, see a rheumatologist ASAP.
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