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8 Early Warning Signs Of Lupus You Need to Know

Lupus is a chronic (long-term) disease and occurs when the immune system, which normally helps protect the body from infection and disease, attacks its own tissues. It is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammations throughout the whole body, and it is very hard to diagnose. Autoimmune means that the body’s immune system is attacking the body’s tissues. The cause is unknown and each person who has it, has different symptoms. The signs of lupus mainly start in the early adulthood and the disease is 9 times more likely to occur in women than men.


It’s really important to recognize the first signs of lupus and these 8 warning signs will help you:

1. Dry mouth and eyes

In some cases, lupus can cause the appearance of another autoimmune disorder called Sjogren’s disease. People with this disease experience dry mouth and eyes.

2. Fatigue

Around 90% of people diagnosed with lupus experience fatigue. It can be accompanied with trouble concentrating, headache and dizziness.

3. Hair loss

People with this condition experience their hair getting thinner and hair loss. Their hair can also become unhealthy-looking and brittle.

4. Digestive problems

It can cause digestive problems such as acid reflux and heartburn.

5. Kidney problems

It can cause kidney problems, a condition called nephritis. Symptoms of nephritis include dark urine, blood in the urine, high blood pressure, pain and swelling in the legs and feet.

6. Rash

50% of the people diagnosed with this disease have a characteristic rash. It mainly occurs on the cheeks and the bridge of the nose, in the shape of a butterfly. Lupus can also make your skin really sensitive to the sunlight.

7. Swollen joints

This symptoms is commonly accompanied by stiffness and pain, which is worse in the morning.

8. Lung problems

Some people diagnosed with lupus have breathing and lung problems, such as pain when breathing in and shortness in breath.