What Are the Symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?

Q:
What are the symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?

A:
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), also simply referred as lupus, is a chronic disease characterized by chronic inflammation of body tissues caused by autoimmune disease.

Symptoms

Symptoms of SLE can be different, because it affects people differently and not all affected people have the same symptoms. In any case, there are some symptoms commonly associated with this disease, including:

  • low-grade fever
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • muscle aches
  • joint pain
  • fatigue

In addition, the most typical skin symptom of lupus is the development of the so-called “butterfly rash” over the nose and cheeks. The rash is painless and does not itch.

Besides, people with SLE may have a rash over the scalp that finally leads to scarring and hair loss (alopecia).

Furthermore, weight changes can also occur due to this condition.

If have any further questions, please go to see a doctor for professional help.

Key words: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); lupus; autoimmune disease.

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