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Understanding Lupus -- Symptoms

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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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If you have lupus, you're likely to have skin issues at some point, but treatment can bring relief. Your doctor will likely prescribe an ointment, such as a steroid cream or gel, to clear up the problems. Sometimes steroid shots are used. You can also help prevent skin reactions, too. The best way is to use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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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.

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