Lupus is a condition in which the immune system attacks itself, causing uncountable damage in the tissues, leading to inflammation. There is usually no cure for this disease but the effects of lupus can be minimized with medical assistance. The symptoms are usually confined to the skin, but this condition may also cause joint pain and a more severe condition can lead to the damage of vital organs. Joint pain, butterfly rash (rash across the cheeks and nose), nail changes (cracking or falling of nails), fatigue, fever, photophobia, and loss of hair, spasm of blood vessels and restriction of the blood flow to the area are all symptoms of lupus. It has been found that lupus affects women ten times more than men.
HOW IS LUPUS DIAGNOSED?
About 90% of women suffer from lupus. This condition is most common in the age group between 15-45 years.