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    What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?

    Lupus improves at times, and worsens at others. Symptoms of lupus may include:

     

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Lupus

    Lupus is an autoimmune disease. The immune system's job is to fight foreign substances in the body, such as germs and viruses. But in autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks healthy tissues, not germs. Lupus is a disease that can affect many parts of the body. Lupus can involve the joints, the skin, the kidneys, the lungs, the heart, and/or the brain. If you have lupus, it may affect several parts of your body. Usually, one person doesn't have all the possible symptoms.

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    Call Your Doctor About Lupus If:

    • You have any of the symptoms listed above or suspect you have lupus.
    • You have a family history of lupus and have experienced some of the symptoms above. Be even more alert for these symptoms if a close family member -- your mother, father, or sibling -- has lupus.

    Lupus can be deadly. If you think you may have lupus, see a doctor right away. Treatment is much more successful if begun early and followed faithfully.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 22, 2015
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