WHAT IS LUPUS?
TYPES OF LUPUS

LUPUS SYMPTOMS?
LUPUS DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS
SIGNS OF LUPUS
WHAT IS A FLARE?

LUPUS TREATMENTS?
PREVENTING A FLARE
SCIENCE MEANS  PROGRESS

  

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WHAT ARE FLARES?

When symptoms appear, itís called a "flare." These signs may come and go. You may have swelling and rashes one week and no symptoms at all the next. You may find that your symptoms flare after youíve been out in the sun or after a hard day at work.

Even if you take medicine for lupus, you may find that there are times when the symptoms become worse. Learning to recognize that a flare is coming can help you take steps to cope with it. Many people feel very tired or have pain, a rash, a fever, stomach discomfort, headache, or dizziness just before a flare. Steps to prevent flares, such as limiting the time you spend in the sun and getting enough rest and quiet, can also be helpful.

These symptoms may indicate that a flare is about to start:

  1. Persistent (continuing) fatigue which is out of proportion to what you consider your normal fatigue
  2. Persistent weakness
  3. Aching all over without any obvious reason
  4. Persistent fever (In order to establish that you have fever, take your temperature every six hours and write down the results.)
  5. Persistent loss of appetite
  6. Involuntary weight loss
  7. Excessive and persistent hair loss
  8. Recurrent (repeated) nose bleeds
  9. Sores on the roof of the mouth which burn when spicy foods are eaten
  10. Unexplained rash anywhere on the body
  11. Persistent hives
  12. Skin ulcers
  13. Recurrent pain in the joints
  14. Swelling of one or several joints
  15. Persistent joint stiffness upon wakening in the morning
  16. Chest pain which increases when breathing in
  17. Unusual shortness of breath
  18. Coughing up blood
  19. Persistent, unusual headache
  20. Persistent nausea and vomiting
  21. Recurrent or persistent pain in the abdomen
  22. Persistent and worsening swelling of the feet and legs
  23. Persistent swelling of the eyelids
  24. Blood in the urine or in the stools

 

WHAT IS LUPUS?  -  TYPES   -  SYMPTOMS - DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS                       
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