What are the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?
Symptoms vary from person to person, but some of the signs physicians look for include: a skin rash on the face, neck, and scalp called a butterfly rash for its shape; extreme fatigue; painful, swollen, and stiff joints; an unexplained fever; swollen glands; anemia; hair loss; sensitivity to light; chest pain when breathing deeply; and kidney problems. Q: How is lupus diagnosed? A: The doctor will take a complete medical history and conduct a thorough medical examination. He or she will do a blood test to check for evidence of inflammation or unusual levels, and may conduct a skin or kidney biopsy. Q: What treatments exist for lupus? A: There is no knowncure for lupus, but its symptoms can be treated successfully through anti-inflammatory drugs, antimalarials, corticosteroid hormones, and immunosuppressives. A team of health care professionals working together may be most successful at treating and preventing flares. What is lupus? Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means the body a
- I was recently diagnosed with discoid lupus. What is the likelihood of this progressing to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in the future?
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- What are the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?