LEARN ABOUT LUPUS

Lupus is a chronic disease of the immune system.  Systemic lupus erythematosus (known as SLE or Lupus) is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissues and organs.

>> More than 1.5 million Americans have lupus.

>> Lupus is more prevalent than cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia, and cystic fibrosis.

>> Lupus is more common and tends to be more severe among African American, Latin/Hispanic, Asian, and Native American women.

>> Lupus is not infectious, cancerous, or contagious.  Although there is no known, cause, a combination of genetic, environmental and hormonal factors are believed to work together to trigger lupus.

>> Ninety percent of people with lupus are women and most of them develop the condition between the ages of 15 and 44.

While there is no cure yet, research is promising.  There is a tremendous need for more research to discover new treatments and a cure for lupus.

LUPUS SYMPTOMS

Most people with lupus experience only a few of these symptoms, which may come and go.  The earliest symptoms typically are flu-like (aches, fever, fatigue).  There may be a skin rash.  More severe complications can develop if the disease progresses, and may affect the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and blood.

Achy joints  —  Mouth or nose ulcers  —  Sensitivity to sunlight  —  Skin rashes  —  Swollen and painful joints  —  Swollen ankles  —  Unexplained fever of over 100 F  —   Unusual hair loss  —  Chest pain or shortness of breath  —  Seizures

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Protect yourself, learn more about lupus just call  800-745-8787 and visit www.lupusny.org

Information courtesy S.L.E. Lupus Foundation –  330 Seventh Ave., Suite 1701, New York, NY 10001

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