Worried that you or a loved one might have lupus? Learn the early signs and symptoms of the condition in this article.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and a wide variety of symptoms. Lupus affects each individual uniquely. Some people have only a few mild symptoms and others have many.
Symptoms usually start in early adulthood, anywhere from the teen years into the 30s. As with some other autoimmune diseases, people with lupus generally experience flare-ups of symptoms followed by periods of remission. That’s why early signs are easy to dismiss.
Because early symptoms are similar to those of so many other conditions, having them doesn’t necessarily mean you have lupus.