in Internal Medicine

Understanding Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases occur when your body’s immune system malfunctions and attacks its own tissues and organs. Lupus causes swelling and inflammation, along with a host of other symptoms.

 

Below is a list of some of the most commonly reported signs of lupus:

 

Thinning Hair: Hair loss is frequently one of the first signs of having lupus. Hair loss occurs as a result of the inflammation of the skin and scalp. While some people with lupus will lose clumps of hair at a time, more often their hair with thin out over an extended period of time. Hair may become brittle and damaged as a result.

 

Butterfly Rash: One of the easiest to spot symptoms of lupus is a butterfly-shaped rash that affects the face. The rash appears down the nose and on both cheeks. This rash may appear after being exposed to the sun, or may be an indication that you are about to have a flare-up.

 

Skin Lesions: Lupus can also cause lesions on the skin to appear on the body. These lesions are not itchy and often will appear as dry patches on the skin. Sun sensitivity is associated with lupus, and may cause discoloration of the skin.

 

Swollen Joints: Lupus causes inflammation of the joints which can be painful and cause stiffness. Sometimes the swelling can be severe enough that it can visible.

 

Inflammation of the Kidney: Lupus can cause inflammation of the kidneys which is referred to as nephritis. This inflammation makes it difficult for your kidney to filter out toxins that are present in your body. Symptoms of nephritis include: Swelling in legs and feet, darker urine, lower back pain, blood in urine, high blood pressure, and more.

 

Gastrointestinal Issues: Lupus can cause heartburn, acid reflux, and other gastrointestinal issues. These symptoms tend to be mild and can be treated with over the counter antacids.

 

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