Written By REBECCA ENDICOTT
Do you know how to recognize the early signs of lupus?
Lupus is a chronic and painful condition. The Mayo Clinic describes it as “a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.”
Much like psoriasis, lupus is an autoimmune disease, where the body accidentally directs its disease-fighting capabilities inward. Lupus can range widely in severity.
Some people have only mild symptoms, while others have very severe cases that might keep them from working. There are a lot of different risk factors, many of which are genetic. Scientists still don’t entirely understand why some people have more signs of lupus than others.
Around 1.5 million Americans have lupus; 90 percent of those are women. Because nine out of 10 cases of lupus affect women, it’s very important for all women to know what red flags to watch out for early on!
Scroll through below to learn some of the more common early warning signs of lupus.