Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue and organs. This leads to long-term inflammation, swelling, pain, and damage that can affect many different body systems, including your heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, joints and skin.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is tricky to diagnose because it mimics symptoms of other diseases, including periods of illness or “flares” and periods of feeling fine or “remission.”
Lupus is more common in women and appears most often between the ages of 10 and 50.
No one knows what causes lupus but you may be born with genes that can be triggered to develop it. Triggers include exposure to sunlight and taking certain medications.
There is no known cure for lupus but there are treatments that can help manage it.