Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

  • What is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease. In this disease, the healthy tissue gets attacked by the immune system of the body. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus affects the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs.

  • What are the symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?

The symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus are:

  • severe fatigue
  • joint pain
  • joint swelling
  • headaches
  • a rash on the cheeks and nose
  • hair loss
  • anemia
  • blood-clotting problems
  • How is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus diagnosed?

The characteristic clinical findings of the skin, joints, kidneys, and the central nervous system, as well as on serological parameters decides the diagnosis of SLE.

  • What is the treatment for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?

Since there is no cure for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, the treatments that are currently given focuses on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This treatment begins with change in the lifestyle, including sun protection and diet. Medications such as anti-inflammatories and steroids are further disease management.

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