Lupus Neurology / Neuroscience

What causes numbness in the thigh?

Many factors can cause numbness in the thigh. These include keeping the legs crossed for too long, wearing tight clothing, multiple sclerosis (MS), and lupus. Treatment options depend on what is causing the numbness. From conditions affecting blood flow to damage to the nerves themselves, there are many potential causes of numbness in the thigh. […]

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Lupus pictures and symptoms

Lupus can be challenging to diagnose because its signs and symptoms may resemble those of other health conditions. The symptoms can also vary widely from person to person. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects about 5 million people around the world. An autoimmune disease is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks […]

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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 […]

Dermatology Lupus

What to know about eyebrow hair loss

Many factors can cause eyebrow hair loss, including hormonal imbalances, diet, and some skin conditions. Determining the cause of eyebrow hair loss can help a person find the best treatment. Eyebrow hair loss, the medical name for which is eyebrow hypotrichosis, or eyebrow madarosis, can cause a person to notice thinning hair or missing patches […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

Dermatology Lupus

What causes purple feet?

Purple or blue feet may be a sign of an underlying health condition. Some possible causes of foot discoloration include injuries, Raynaud’s disease, peripheral arterial disease, and frostbite. Skin can become blue or purple due to bruising, but this color change can also indicate that not enough oxygen-rich blood is reaching the area. The feet […]

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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 […]