What is lupus? This chronic, autoimmune condition often causes inflammation, pain, and swelling throughout the body. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect many different parts of the body. Like other autoimmune diseases, lupus occurs when your body’s immune system malfunctions, attacking your tissues and organs.
Lupus can cause damage to the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, blood cells, heart, and brain. It’s sometimes referred to as the “great imitator” because symptoms of lupus often resemble those of other illnesses.
People with lupus may experience periods of flares when symptoms show up, and periods of remission when symptoms are under control. During a lupus flare, symptoms such as exhaustion, weight loss, fever, and anemia often occur. Flares and remissions can happen at any time, without warning. There’s no cure for lupus, but treatments can reduce the severity of symptoms and enhance your quality of life.