Lupus Causes Rash, Fatigue, Swollen Joints and Glands Symptoms for Flare Prevention

Lupus is an autoimmune disease wherein your body’s immune system goes out of control and attacks healthy tissues, instead of germs. This disease can affect many parts of the body or only a couple.

Everyone reacts differently and normally all the possible symptoms are not suffered in one person. Lupus seems to run in families, which suggests the disease may be hereditary.

What causes lupus is unknown and there is no cure. However, lupus can usually be managed. Most cases of lupus are found in women, and African American women are three times more likely to get it than white women.

There are three main types of lupus:

  • systemic lupus erythematosus ~ involving many parts of body such as heart, lungs, kidneys, brain
  • discoid lupus erythematosus ~ mainly affects the skin with a red rash or pigment change of face, scalp
  • drug-induced lupus ~ triggered by a few medicines, such as heart condition drugs, more common in men

Lupus may be difficult to diagnose, as it’s often mistaken for other diseases. Common symptoms of lupus are:

Other signs include:

When rash, fatigue, joint and gland swelling symptoms appear, it’s called a “flare.” Learning to recognize when a flare is coming on helps you take steps in flare prevention.

Healthy helpful steps to prevent lupus rash, fatigue, joint and gland swelling flares include:

People with lupus have limited energy and must manage it wisely. Don’t blame yourself for your fatigue ~ it’s part of the disease

Your doctor may have additional healthy lifestyle adjustments you need to make.