SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS

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Do you suffer from fatigue, skin rashes, fever, or joint pain and swelling?



What is SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS?

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is the most common type of lupus. SLE is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own tissues, causing widespread inflammation and tissue damage in the affected organs. It can affect the joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys, and blood vessels. 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS & Symptoms

People with SLE may experience a variety of symptoms that include fatigue, skin rashes, fevers, and pain or swelling in the joints. Among some adults, having a period of SLE symptoms or flares may happen often, they can be sporadic, and some patients experience periods of remission.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Sun Sensitivity
  • Oral Ulcers
  • Arthritis
  • Lung Problems
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Blood Cell Abnormalities
  • Immunological Abnormalities
HOW IS SLE DIAGNOSED?

SLE is diagnosed by a health care provider using symptom assessments, physical examination, X-rays, and lab tests. SLE may be difficult to diagnose because its early signs and symptoms are not specific and can look like signs and symptoms of other diseases.

HOW IS SLE TREATED?

Treatment often requires a team approach because of the number of organs that can be affected. While there is no cure for lupus, medical interventions and lifestyle changes can help control it. SLE treatment consists primarily of immunosuppressive drugs that inhibit activity of the immune system. Hydroxychloroquine and corticosteroids are often used to treat SLE. A drug called belimumab was approved by the FDA in 2011, the first new drug to treat SLE in over 50 years.

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