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Lupus

Also called: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, SLE

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Systemic lupus erythematosus features sharply defined redness of the skin that may be in a butterfly pattern.
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Systemic lupus erythematosus features red patches that may be in a butterfly pattern on the face.
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Some 1.5 million people in the United States -- the vast majority of them young women between 18 and 45 -- have this often-puzzling autoimmune...
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Polyarteritis nodosa is a type of inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis) that affects medium- and large-sized arteries. Depending on which...
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Lupus is an autoimmune disease. The immune system's job is to fight foreign substances in the body, such as germs and viruses. But in autoimmune...
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We don't know what causes lupus. Lupus sometimes seems to run in families, which suggests the disease may be hereditary. The environment, sunlight...
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The different types of lupus include: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common form. The word "systemic" means that the disease can...
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Lupus may be hard to diagnose. It's often mistaken for other diseases. For this reason, lupus has been called the "great imitator." The signs of...
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When lupus symptoms appear, it's called a "flare." These signs may come and go. You may have swelling and rashes one week and no symptoms at all the...
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Learn to recognize that a flare is coming: Talk with your doctor. Try to set realistic goals and priorities. Limit the time you spend in the sun...
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Anyone can get lupus. But 9 out of 10 people who have it are women. Lupus is most common in women between the ages of 15 and 44. Scientists think a...
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No single test can show that you have lupus. Your doctor may have to run several tests and study your medical history. The doctor will look for...
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The doctor may give you aspirin or a similar medicine to treat swollen joints and fever. Creams may be prescribed for a rash. For more serious...
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Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) is an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues as though they were...
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There is currently no way to prevent lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE). But people who smoke may be more likely to develop lupus.7...
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