How does lupus affect the body?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack otherwise normal and healthy tissue and organs. Common symptoms that affect the body include fatigue, pain, swelling, rash, sensitivity to light, skins lesions, and mouth and skin ulcers. The disease affects everyone differently. For most people, symptoms tend to be manageable and mild, but are occasionally punctuated by "flares," the term used when symptoms intensify. Flares are characterized by increased fatigue, pain, fever, rash, and dizziness.

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Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease, which occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own organs and tissues. Lupus is more common in women, blacks, Hispanics and Asians and often is diagnosed between the ages of 15 an...

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