20 Early Ways Lupus Affects the Body Must Look ALL

Written by Ann Pietrangelo, Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA

Lupus, also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, is an autoimmune disease that can affect almost any part of the body, especially the skin, blood, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect every part of the body, including skin, joints, and major organs.

Visualize the Effects of Lupus on the Body

Lupus, also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, is an autoimmune disease that can affect almost any part of the body, especially the skin, blood, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain.

According to the American College of Rheumatology, lupus is diagnosed 10 times as often in women as in men, and most are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. It’s a complex disease generally treated by a specialist called a rheumatologist.

Symptoms of lupus can flare up and go away periodically, and they can mimic those of many other conditions. Treatment focuses on preventing major damage to the kidneys and other organs. Other treatments aim to reduce individual symptoms like pain and inflammation.

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