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Lupus Erythematosus

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune inflammatory disease. This means that your immune system starts to attack your body instead of harmful germs. It is also called systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus is a lifelong disease that affects all parts of your body. Lupus has active and quiet periods. The active periods, also called flares, are when you have symptoms. The quiet periods, or remission, are when you have few or no symptoms. A remission period may last months or years, or you may not have remission periods at all.

What increases my risk for lupus?

The cause of lupus is unknown. Your risk is higher if you are female, take hormones, or have a family history of lupus. Certain medicines, such as hydralazine and minocycline, can also increase your risk.

What are the signs and symptoms of lupus?

How is lupus diagnosed?

How is lupus treated?

Lupus cannot be cured. The following will help control your symptoms:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage my symptoms?

How can I help prevent lupus flares?

A flare may be triggered by stress, ultraviolet light, or an infection, such as a cold. It can also be triggered by cigarette smoke or foods you eat. The following can help you prevent flares:

Where can I find support and more information?

Call your local emergency department (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or rheumatologist?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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