How to recognize the early signs of lupus

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Lupus is an autoimmune condition that can cause pain, problems in multiple organs and systems of the body, inflammation, and complications that range from minor to life-threatening.

Most people with lupus receive a diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 44. Only around 15 percent of people experience symptoms of lupus before the age of 18.

Demographic and other factors can affect the severity and progression of the condition. Lupus is most prevalent among women of childbearing age, and it is “two to three times more prevalent among women of color,” according to the Lupus Foundation of America.

Research from 2014 found that women in minority groups develop lupus younger, have more severe symptoms, and are more likely to die from lupus than others.

Lupus may cause symptoms that are subtle at first but get progressively worse. The symptoms may also appear suddenly or gradually.

Many people with lupus do not receive a diagnosis straight away because it can mimic other conditions, including fibromyalgiarheumatoid arthritis, and various others that affect the same organ systems.

Virtually any symptom of illness or inflammation can signal lupus. However, some of the symptoms most closely associated with lupus include:

  • a butterfly-shaped rash on the face
  • skin changes and sun sensitivity
  • an unexplained fever
  • joint pain and chronic muscle aches or pain
  • hair loss
  • fingers that turn lighter when cold
  • anemia
  • swelling in the hands and feet
  • chest pain when taking a deep breath
  • chronic fatigue
  • sores in the mouth or nose
  • abnormal blood clotting

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