What Are the Symptoms of Lupus Erythematosus

What Are the Symptoms of Lupus Erythematosus?

• Muscle pain (sometimes even breathing can lead to chest pain)

• Anemia, fatigue, and malaise

• Lack of appetite

• Sensitivity to sun exposure

• Scaly rashes on the skin

• Joint stiffness

• Bloody urine

• Skin rashes on the cheekbones

• Dry mouth and ulceration in the oral cavity

• Hair loss

• Edema in the hands and feet

Lupus erythematosus is a collection of autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks various organs in the body, like the lungs, liver, kidneys, skin, joints, heart, and nervous system, mistaking them as foreign. These erroneous attacks by the immune system cause injuries to the cells and tissues in the abovementioned organs. In the US, 480,000 people are afflicted with lupus erythematosus.

What Are the Causes of Lupus Erythematosus? The cause of lupus erythematosus is not clear at present. Both genes and environment are thought to play roles in the cause of the disease.

Since 90% of lupus erythematosus patients are women, hormonal involvement cannot be ignored. Lupus erythematosus is also likely linked to environmental factors that stimulate the expression of predisposed disease-causing genes.