WebMD explains lupus, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and tips for better quality of life.
Acute Systemic Lupus
Acute systemic lupus erythematosus. Bright red, sharply defined erythema with slight edema and minimal scaling in a “butterfly pattern” on the face. This is the typical “malar rash.” Note also that the patient is female and young.
Newly Diagnosed With Lupus: 10 Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Lupus
If you have a recent lupus diagnosis, take these 10 important questions from WebMD to your doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lupus
These questions and answers address key issues about lupus, an autoimmune disorder that can affect various parts of the body.
Lupus Guide - Exams and Tests
Learn about medical tests for lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE).
Stem Cell Transplant for Lupus - Treatment Overview
Information on treatment choices for lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE).
Lupus Guide - Other Treatment
Information on experimental and alternative therapies for lupus.
Stem Cell Transplant for Lupus - Topic Overview
A complement test uses a blood sample to detect a group of proteins that help the body attack foreign substances. When there are a lot of foreign substances in the body,such as bacteria or viruses,a low level of complement means the body is trying to get rid of the foreign substances. If the body is attacking its own tissues instead of foreign substances (as in autoimmune diseases such as ...
Lupus Guide - What Increases Your Risk
The chances of developing lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) are higher in people who are female, are black or Asian, are between the ages 15 and 45, and have a family history of lupus.
Lupus Guide - When To Call a Doctor
If you have been diagnosed with lupus, call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have chest pain that is crushing or squeezing, occurs with sweating or nausea, and has not been previously diagnosed.