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Symptoms of Lupus

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Lupus is a chronic immune disorder which affects women 9 times more than men and usually strikes between the ages of 9 and 50. It affects 1.5 million people in the United States, including approximately 10,000 children. African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native American seem to get this disease more than Caucasians.Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system works against the body's own tissue. A healthy immune system produces proteins that protect the body. Lupus symptoms also vary in severity from very mild to very serious depending on which and how many organs are involved. Lupus is hard to diagnose and is sometimes mis-diagnosed There is one characteristic symptom which is a butterfly-shaped rash. The problem is not everyone who suffers from Lupus will have that same rash. If the butterfly-rash can be seen it is evident that it is Lupus and the diagnoses can be confirmed. If you have been diagnosed with Lupus you may be exceptionally tired, there may be areas of the skin that have red rashes and you most likely will have joint pain. A more serious version of Lupus can cause you to have difficulty with your kidneys, heart, lungs, blood and nervous system. The actual symptoms of Lupus depend on how serious the body organs are affected and which organs are affected.

Because Lupus is so difficult to diagnose, one of the challenges is first making the diagnosis and then treating the disease. Both doctors and patients and moms and dads of children who have Lupus can understand how frustrating it can be.

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