Health Tip: Signs That You May Have Lupus

(HealthDay News) -- Lupus is an "autoimmune" disease that occurs when the body's disease-fighting system can't tell the difference between germs and the body's own, healthy tissue.

The National Women's Health Information Center says here are typical warning signs of lupus:

  • Pain and stiffness in the joints that may be accompanied by swelling.
  • Pain in the muscles.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Fever that can't be explained.
  • A skin rash, possibly one that spreads across nose and cheeks and is shaped like a butterfly.
  • Anemia or kidney problems.
  • Pain in the chest when breathing in deeply.
  • Sensitivity to the sun or light.
  • Hair falling out.

-- Diana Kohnle

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