The Lupus Quiz
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The Lupus Quiz

Test your knowledge of lupus symptoms, treatments and risk factors with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: 90 percent of patients with lupus are men.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Ninety percent of patients with lupus are women. However, lupus may also affect men and children.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How many types of lupus exist?

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The correct answer is: There are four kinds of lupus. The most common type is systemic lupus erythematosus, which affects many parts of the body. Drug-induced lupus can be caused by medications. Neonatal lupus a rare type of lupus that affects newborns. And lastly, cutaneous lupus erythematosis is a combination of discoid and subacute cutaneous lupus. Discoid lupus erythematosus causes a skin rash that doesn't go away. Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus causes skin sores on parts of the body exposed to sun.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of lupus?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Symptoms of lupus include a butterfly-shaped rash over the cheeks and bridge of the nose, easy bruising, joint pain, fever, fatigue, weight loss or weight gain, mouth sores, skin lesions, chest pains and anxiety. People with lupus are also vulnerable to infection because the disease affects the immune system.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most people who begin showing symptoms of lupus are diagnosed within a month.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Diagnosing lupus can take several months or even years. Doctors use many tools to diagnose lupus, including a complete physical exam, a variety of blood tests and a skin biopsy. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has established an 11-point criteria to help doctors recognize lupus.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these factors causes lupus?

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The correct answer is: Doctors do not yet understand what causes lupus. But they suspect that lupus may occur as a result of both hereditary and environmental factors.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

The immune cells of a person with lupus are given faulty instructions. These rogue antibodies attack cells in which part of the body?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Antibodies, which are the immune cells used by the body to fight infection, are given faulty instructions by some means. In the case of lupus, these rogue antibodies attack cells in the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, heart, blood vessels and blood.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How many people in the United States are affected by lupus?

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The correct answer is: As many as 1.5 million Americans may suffer from lupus. Between 1.8 and 7.6 people per 100,000 develop lupus.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

The symptoms of lupus tend to fluctuate between mild and severe. What is an increase in symptoms called?

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The correct answer is: When symptoms increase in intensity, this is known as a flare. With lupus, symptoms tend to fluctuate from mild to moderate to severe.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: After menopause, women with lupus may experience more flares.

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The correct answer is: This is false. As levels of the hormone estrogen decline after menopause, women may begin experiencing fewer flares. Researchers believe the hormone affects a woman's risk of not only developing lupus but also experiencing flares.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Lupus is most common in which of these ethnicities?

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The correct answer is: Lupus is most common in African-Americans. But people who are Hispanic and Asian are more likely to have lupus than Caucasians. It is often diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exercise increases the likelihood of flares and increases the risk of complications.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Thirty minutes of exercise each day can help reduce the risk of complications, including heart disease. But if you feel too fatigued to exercise, don’t push yourself. Doing so can increase your risk of a flare.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Lupus can cause high blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: This is true. About 10 percent of people with lupus will develop pulmonary hypertension, a unique form of hypertension, or high blood pressure.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these may trigger a lupus flare?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Prolonged exposure to the sun, lack of adequate sleep and exposure to cigarette smoke may trigger a lupus flare.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most women with lupus do not have flares while they are pregnant.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Most women do not have symptom flares during pregnancy, when estrogen levels are high. Still, if a woman with lupus is pregnant, her pregnancy is considered high risk and monitored closely by her doctors.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which name is given to the memory loss associated with lupus?

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The correct answer is: Lupus fog is the term given to memory loss and "fogginess" associated with symptoms of lupus. Lupus fog occurs when lupus directly affects the brain, causing cognitive malfunction. Most commonly, however, the memory loss is a side effect of treatment for lupus, not of the disease itself.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: For people with lupus, naps longer than an hour and a half are more beneficial than short power naps.

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The correct answer is: This is false. About 90 percent of people with lupus experience general fatigue at some point during the course of the disease. But, as for other poeple, sleeping longer than an hour and a half during the day may cause people with lupus to have problems sleeping at night, while a short power nap can be refreshing and help them feel better.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Medicines used to treat what condition are also used to treat lupus?

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The correct answer is: Anti-malarial drugs may be prescribed to help manage lupus. These medications prevent lupus from spreading to certain organs, such as the kidney and central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord). They can also help reduce flares, or reoccurrences, of lupus by 50 percent.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Turmeric can help treat lupus.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Turmeric, which is commonly used as a spice in curries and other Middle Eastern cuisine, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Because lupus is an inflammatory condition, anti-inflammatories like turmeric, fish oil and vitamin D may be helpful.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Lupus can be passed from one person to another through contact with bodily fluids.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Lupus is not contagious. It cannot be passed from one person to another. However, having a family member with lupus puts you at an increased chance of also having lupus.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which type of specialist treats lupus?

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The correct answer is: Rheumatologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the joints, including lupus.

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