Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that affects the organs and joints throughout the body. When a person has lupus, the immune system has a hard time differentiating healthy tissue from viruses and bacteria. As a result, it attacks healthy tissue throughout the body. Lupus commonly affects the joints, skin, kidneys, and other organs. Many individuals living with lupus experience skin rashes, sun sensitivity, and arthritis. Lupus is chronic, which means there is no cure. However, most symptoms of lupus can be managed with lifestyle changes or medication.
Lupus is a disorder that tends to occur in waves, called flare-ups. These flare-ups tend to occur or worsen with overexertion. People with lupus are wise to adjust their lifestyle accordingly. This means doing their best to ensure a full night's sleep and allow for naps or daytime rest whenever necessary.
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