Lupus Awareness Month takes place during October in the UK every year.
Lupus is a potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease which is often invisible to everyone except those living with it!
Systemic lupus is a chronic and presently-incurable illness of the immune system, a condition in which the body's defence mechanism begins to attack itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs.
The name systemic lupus implies that almost any organ or system within the body might be affected and lupus is perhaps the classical multi-symptom illness, deserving of far greater priority and investigation by the medical community.
Discoid lupus is a condition of the skin alone, and in a very few patients can develop into systemic lupus.
Lupus may be triggered by various means and can present in a bewildering number of ways, even to the extent of mimicking other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis.
The causes of lupus is not positively known though research has provided evidence implicating heredity, hormones and infections including viruses.
90% of cases are female, mainly between the ages of 15 and 55.
Read more: The Symptoms