According to the Mayo Clinic, lupus is a systematic autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s immune system attacks their own tissues and organs. Lupus may be difficult to diagnose because the signs and symptoms for lupus may mimic those of other illnesses; however, the most distinctive sign of lupus is a rash on the face that looks like the wings of a butterfly are unfolding across a person’s cheeks. Lupus can be very different in each person: some are born with a tendency toward developing lupus, while others develop it due to various reasons such as infections, medications, and even sunlight; symptoms may come suddenly for one person, but develop slowly for someone else; may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent. The signs and symptoms of lupus that a person may experience depend on which body systems are affected. Currently, there is no cure for lupus. There are, however, treatments that can help a person with lupus control their symptoms.
Would you like to learn more? Our information specialists searched the NARIC Collection and found over 600 articles related to lupus that include international research. They also searched the NIDILRR Program Database and found several current and completed NIDILRR-funded projects focused on lupus. Finally, they searched NARIC’s Knowledgebase to find organizations that work with people with lupus. If you have questions or need assistance in searching NARIC’s databases, please contact NARIC’s information specialists.
Please note: Please contact your doctor if you develop an unexplained rash, ongoing fever, persistent aching or fatigue.