Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Symptoms can be mild or severe. It can affect one part of the body or many. Though symptoms can last a long time, there are often times without symptoms in between.
Problems may be:
- Swollen and painful joints
- Swollen muscles
- Skin rashes over areas exposed to sunlight
- Mouth sores
- Hair loss
- Belly pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss
- Problems breathing
- Chest pain
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There is no cure. The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms. One or more of these medicines may be used:
- Antimalarial drugs
- Drugs to suppress the immune system
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- B-cell therapy
- Blood thinners
A person will also need to prevent flare ups. This can be done with things like staying out of the sun, limiting stress, and getting enough rest.
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a (Lupus; SLE; Lupus, Systemic)
Lupus Foundation of America http://www.lupus.org
Lupus Research Institute http://www.lupusresearchinstitute.org
The Kidney Foundation of Canada http://kidney.ca
Lupus Canada http://www.lupuscanada.org
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