Lupus

Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematous/SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation throughout the body. This disease can affect many organs in the body including the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, heart and nervous system and can cause a wide range of symptoms. Because of this is known as the “great imitator.” Most patients feel very tired have rashes and arthritis and fever. Symptoms can be mild to serious. The cause is unknown however it has tendencies to be inherited. It can also be triggered by a viral or bacterial infection and drug allergies. Lupus most often affects women especially in their 20’s and 30’s and is more common and more severe in African American and Asian ethnic groups. Diagnosis can be made based on symptoms and laboratory testing by a Rheumatologist. There are many treatment options for this illness depending on the severity.