Lupus is a condition where the immune system generates antibodies that attack the cells, organs and tissues in the body. This results to inflammation in various parts of the body, but most cases only have a few of the possible symptoms. It is still uncertain why the immune system releases antibodies.
What are the types?
It is important to note that systemic lupus erythematosus is a severe form of the condition that can affect various parts of the body including the joints, skin and internal organs. It is also the most prevalent form of the condition.
Indications of lupus
Generally, the indications of lupus include the following:
- Skin rash
- Joint pain
- Excessive tiredness
- Mouth ulcers
- Weight loss
- Swollen lymph glands
- Hair loss
- Varying color changes in the toes or fingers under cold conditions
The number as well as the severity of the symptoms vary drastically from one individual to another. Many individuals will have extended periods with only a few or no symptoms at all before ending up with an abrupt flare-up where the symptoms are relatively severe.
It is important to note that in all cases, they can be quite distressing and have a considerable impact to the quality of life.
Additionally, there are some medications that can trigger side effects that are the same as lupus. If an individual shows any symptoms, a doctor should be consulted.