Dermatology Lupus

Lupus pictures and symptoms

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Through my eyes: Autoimmune conditions

I have several autoimmune conditions: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, celiac disease, and systemic lupus erythemus. There is currently no cure for any of the autoimmune conditions I have. Healthcare professionals define autoimmune conditions as occurring when the immune system, which normally protects the body from infection by fighting bacteria and viruses, behaves abnormally […]

Immune System / Vaccines Lupus

What is systemic lupus erythematosus?

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes systemic, or widespread, inflammation. The disease can affect the skin, joints, and blood vessels, as well as multiple organ systems. The exact causes of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remain unclear. However, genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors may contribute to the development of the disease. SLE […]

Immune System / Vaccines Lupus

How to recognize the early signs of lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune condition that can cause pain, problems in multiple organs and systems of the body, inflammation, and complications that range from minor to life-threatening. In autoimmune conditions such as lupus, the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, more than 1.5 million people in the United […]

Lupus Multiple Sclerosis

What is the difference between MS and lupus?

Multiple sclerosis and lupus both involve the immune system, and they may cause similar symptoms at times. However, they are separate conditions with distinct characteristics. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) appear because the body attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This damage interferes with the way the body communicates with the brain. […]

Cardiovascular / Cardiology Lupus

What is lupus?

Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs. Due to its complex nature, people sometimes call lupus the “disease of 1,000 faces.” In the United States, people report around […]

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Treating and managing lupus and preventing flares

Lupus is a complex autoimmune condition with a wide variety of symptoms. As a systemic disease, it can affect any part of the body. The cause remains unclear, and there is currently no cure, but some therapies can help to relieve symptoms, and lifestyle measure can improve a person’s quality of life. There is no […]

Endocrinology Lupus

What to know about common thyroid disorders

The thyroid is a small gland that helps regulate a person’s metabolism by producing hormones. Problems can occur if the thyroid overproduces hormones, when it is known as hyperthyroidism, or underproduces hormones, which is called hypothyroidism. These issues may also result in the growth of the thyroid, which is called a goiter. Researchers estimate that […]

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Psoriasis and lupus: What’s the difference?

Psoriasis and lupus are both autoimmune conditions that can affect people’s skin. Although they share some symptoms, they are separate disorders. It is possible for a person to have both lupus and psoriasis, or psoriatic arthritis. The treatments and complications are different for each disorder. In this article, we take a close look at the […]

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What is the link between lupus and arthritis?

Lupus and arthritis are different conditions, but lupus often causes people to develop arthritis or joint pain. The causes and treatments for lupus and arthritis are different, so people should be aware of the differences between the two conditions. There may be a genetic link between lupus and arthritis, though there are also significant genetic […]