Lupus is an autoimmune disease that of chronic longevity which can affect several parts of the body and produce numerous symptoms. It is known to be more widely prevalent in women of childbearing age, i.e. 15-44 years, though men, teenagers and children are vulnerable to it too.
Medically, Lupus is not very well-understood. Experts believe that it occurs due to the immune system’s inability to distinguish between the body’s healthy tissues and harmful foreign bodies; consequentially, it begins producing “autoantibodies” that destroy vital body tissues, thus producing several reactions in the body.
Thus, it is imperative that one be aware of the various symptoms associated with Lupus. Here are 10 signs commonly observed in those suffering from this disease.
1. Skin Rash
One of the most distinctive indicators of Lupus is the “butterfly rash” which appears on facial skin. It causes a scaly rash to spread across the nose and cheeks, often signaling the onset of an oncoming flare. Sometimes the rash occurs in the aftermath of sunlight exposure, however this is not typical. While the butterfly rash is the most common and characteristic symptom of lupus, the latter is also known to cause non-itchy lesions in different parts of the body. It can also trigger hives and photosensitivity in patients, though neither is of very wide incidence in lupus patients.