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Lupus Symptoms

T Cells, the Immune System, and Lupus

Lupus Symptoms

Xerostomia, Dry Mouth, and Lupus

Many people with lupus experience abnormally dry mouths, and this symptom is more than...

Living with Lupus

Brain Symptoms, Brain Fog, and Lupus

Brain symptoms are the least acknowledged and most misunderstood symptoms of lupus....

Day-to-Day Living

Skin Bacteria, Infections, and Lupus Flares

Skin Bacteria, Infections, and Lupus Flares: What’s the Relationship? Lupus disrupts the microbes on the skin and makes people with lupus more vulnerable to skin infections, which can cause flares. We are not alone in our bodies: an entire world of microorganisms lives on our skin and inside our...

Living with Lupus

Seizures and Lupus

People with lupus sometimes experience seizures – ranging from mild to severe in intensity - as a part of their symptoms. How common are seizures for people with lupus? Seizures are a relatively common experience for Lupus Warriors. Though, prevalence studies have been limited due to small sample sizes. A...

Living with Lupus

Moon Face, Facial Swelling, and Lupus

Moon face is a colloquial name for extreme facial swelling. It is a common side effect of certain lupus medications, especially prednisone. We humans are visual creatures. Our face is deeply linked to our identity. Moon face, a swelling or rounding of the face, can have an intense impact on...

Living with Lupus

Skin Health and Lupus

Rashes, ulcers, hyperpigmentation (darker spots on skin) and alopecia (hair loss) are all visible symptoms of Lupus. In fact, 70-80% of people with Lupus experience some sort of skin reaction at some point.  "This article is a featured contribution from Tanya Freirich. Tanya Freirich, MS RDN LDN...

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Overheating, Thyroid Disease, and Lupus

The summer months bring the heat -- and plenty of sweating and hot flashes. Many Lupus Warriors experience heat-intolerance and are at an increased risk of overheating. 🌵☀️ Feeling hot? People with autoimmune diseases frequently experience heat intolerance when the mercury rises. This means the body struggles to regulate temperature,...

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Retinal Vasculitis, Nerve Damage and Lupus

Over 28% of people with lupus have eye symptoms, an issue that is not often discussed. The causes can be in the eye, the optic nerve, and the brain, but all are caused by inflammation.  Often, the eye is not directly affected by lupus. This is because the...

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Inflammation-Related Anemia & Lupus

Red blood cells transport oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with lupus may experience a reduction in red blood cells known as inflammation-related anemia, which can cause a range of symptoms. The signs of inflammation-related anemia, or “anemia of inflammation,” can...

Diagnosis

Lupus Retinopathy and Diagnosis

Retinopathy, damage to the retina, is one of the key early potential symptoms that point to a diagnosis of lupus. With a lupus diagnosis, the earlier the better, and the eye-related symptoms of lupus can be a key warning sign that other symptoms are on the...

Lupus Symptoms

Itchy Skin, Hives, & Rashes with Lupus

Rashes and lesions are common symptoms of lupus. Itchy skin can be more than an inconvenience -- it can be in indicator of changes in disease activity. The American College of Rheumatology uses an 11-item classification index to monitor lupus disease involvement. 4 of the 11 items relate to the skin.[thb_gap...