Lupus: it is not so frightening

Lupus is a systemic disease

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that causes our immune system “to make a mistake” and to have difficulty distinguishing foreign particles (known as antigens) from their own cells or tissues.

When a patient has lupus, their body produces autoantibodies (antibody against itself) that end up joining the antigens, and subsequently cause damage that can be severe in different tissues of the patient.

We are facing a systemic disease Lupus is a systemic disease that can affect the skin, joints, heart, kidneys, lungs and other body tissues, although most patients suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus only have their skin and joints affected. In terms of the type of people that can be affected by lupus, we must remember that women are at higher risk than men. Symptoms and diagnosis of lupus The symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus are characterised by: • Pain or swelling in joints • Frequent muscle aches • Fever of unknown origin • Red rashes, which usually appear in the face, shaped like "butterfly wings" Furthermore, it is also Read more