What is Lupus?
Lupus is one of many disorders of the immune system known as autoimmune or collagen vascular diseases. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect. This leads to inflammation and damage to various body tissues. Lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the skin.
Signs and Symptoms of Lupus
Although people with this disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Painful or swollen joints
- Unexplained fever
- Skin rashes, made worse by sun exposure.
- Kidney problems
Types of Lupus
- Subacute Cutaneous Lupus, Bullous Lupus, Lupus Profundus, Drug Induced Lupus and Neonatal Lupus are less common variants.
Lupus may also cause hair loss, thinning or breakage. Hair may become brittle and fall out in particular patches.