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World Lupus Day - 10 May

Lupus Knows No Boundaries

There is no boundary to the impact of lupus. Lupus is a global health problem that affects people of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, genders and ages. 

Lupus can affect any part of the body in any way at any time, often with unpredictable and life-changing results. While lupus knows no boundaries, knowing all you can about lupus can help control its impact. 

About Lupus

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. 

Important Facts to Know about Lupus:

  • Lupus is a serious and disabling autoimmune disease.
  • An estimated 5 million people worldwide have lupus; and it develops more often in women
  • It is not a form of arthritis. Lupus can damage any organ or tissue from the skin or joints to the heart or kidneys.
  • Lupus develops in response to factors bot inside and outside of the body; however, the exact cause of lupus is not known.
  • Symptoms of lupus come and go, change over time, making lupus difficult to diagnose. Common symptoms include joint pain, skin rashes, overwhelming fatigue and fevers that last for days or weeks.
  • Lupus is not contagious. You cannot 'catch' lupus from someone else.
  • While there is no cure for lupus, in most cases lupus can be managed successfully through early diagnosis and expert medical care.

Useful links

World Lupus Day - 10 May
NHS Choices: Lupus

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