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					      Lupus Fact Sheet                                                 Lupus Fact Sheet                                                  Lupus Fact Sheet                                                 Lu                                           pu
   Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes               Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes               Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes               Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes
    inflammation of various part of the body, especially              inflammation of various part of the body, especially              inflammation of various part of the body, especially              inflammation of various part of the body, especially
    the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. The immune system            the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. The immune system            the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. The immune system            the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. The immune
    normally protects the body against viruses, bacteria              normally protects the body against viruses, bacteria              normally protects the body against viruses, bacteria              system normally protects the body against viruses,
    and other foreign materials. In an autoimmune disease             and other foreign materials. In an autoimmune disease             and other foreign materials. In an autoimmune disease             bacteria and other foreign materials. In an autoim-
    like lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell           like lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell           like lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell           mune disease like lupus, the immune system loses its
    the difference between foreign substances and its own             the difference between foreign substances and its own             the difference between foreign substances and its own             ability to tell the difference between foreign sub-
    cells and tissue. The immune system then makes anti-              cells and tissue. The immune system then makes anti-              cells and tissue. The immune system then makes anti-              stances and its own cells and tissue. The immune
    bodies directed against self.                                     bodies directed against self.                                     bodies directed against self.                                     system then makes antibodies directed against self.

   Lupus is NOT infectious, rare or cancerous.                      Lupus is NOT infectious, rare or cancerous.                      Lupus is NOT infectious, rare or cancerous.                      Lupus is NOT infectious, rare or cancerous.

   Research data shows that between 1.400,000 and                   Research data shows that between 1.400,000 and                   Research data shows that between 1.400,000 and                   Research data shows that between 1.400,000 and
    2,000,000 people have been diagnosed with lupus.                  2,000,000 people have been diagnosed with lupus.                  2,000,000 people have been diagnosed with lupus.                  2,000,000 people have been diagnosed with lupus.
    (1994 data)                                                       (1994 data)                                                       (1994 data)                                                       (1994 data)

   Although the cause of lupus is unknown, scientists               Although the cause of lupus is unknown, scientists               Although the cause of lupus is unknown, scientists               Although the cause of lupus is unknown, scientists
    suspect that individuals are genetically predisposed to           suspect that individuals are genetically predisposed to           suspect that individuals are genetically predisposed to           suspect that individuals are genetically predis-
    lupus, and know that environmental factors such as                lupus, and know that environmental factors such as                lupus, and know that environmental factors such as                posed to lupus, and know that environmental fac-
    infections, antibiotics, ultraviolet light, extreme stress        infections, antibiotics, ultraviolet light, extreme stress        infections, antibiotics, ultraviolet light, extreme stress        tors such as infections, antibiotics, ultraviolet light,
    and certain drugs play a critical role in triggering              and certain drugs play a critical role in triggering              and certain drugs play a critical role in triggering              extreme stress and certain drugs play a critical role
    lupus.                                                            lupus.                                                            lupus.                                                            in triggering lupus.

   Lupus affects 1 out of every 185 Americans and strikes           Lupus affects 1 out of every 185 Americans and strikes           Lupus affects 1 out of every 185 Americans and strikes           Lupus affects 1 out of every 185 Americans and
    adult women 10-15 times more frequently than adult                adult women 10-15 times more frequently than adult                adult women 10-15 times more frequently than adult                strikes adult women 10-15 times more frequently
    men. Lupus is more prevalent in African Americans,                men. Lupus is more prevalent in African Americans,                men. Lupus is more prevalent in African Americans,                than adult men. Lupus is more prevalent in African
    Hispanics, Native Americans and Asians.                           Hispanics, Native Americans and Asians.                           Hispanics, Native Americans and Asians.                           Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Asians.
   Only 10% of people with lupus will have a close                  Only 10% of people with lupus will have a close                  Only 10% of people with lupus will have a close
    relative (parent or sibling) who already has or may               relative (parent or sibling) who already has or may               relative (parent or sibling) who already has or may              Only 10% of people with lupus will have a close
    develop lupus. Only about 5% of the children born to              develop lupus. Only about 5% of the children born to              develop lupus. Only about 5% of the children born to              relative (parent or sibling) who already has or may
    individuals with lupus will develop the illness.                  individuals with lupus will develop the illness.                  individuals with lupus will develop the illness.                  develop lupus. Only about 5% of the children born
                                                                                                                                                                                                          to individuals with lupus will develop the illness.
   Lupus can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms               Lupus can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms               Lupus can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms
    come and go and mimic many other illnesses. Some                  come and go and mimic many other illnesses. Some                  come and go and mimic many other illnesses. Some                 Lupus can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms
    symptoms of lupus can be transient joint and muscle               symptoms of lupus can be transient joint and muscle               symptoms of lupus can be transient joint and muscle               come and go and mimic many other illnesses. Some
    pain, fatigue, a rash caused by or made worse by                  pain, fatigue, a rash caused by or made worse by                  pain, fatigue, a rash caused by or made worse by                  symptoms of lupus can be transient joint and muscle
    sunlight, low grade fevers, hair loss, pleurisy, appetite         sunlight, low grade fevers, hair loss, pleurisy, appetite         sunlight, low grade fevers, hair loss, pleurisy, appetite         pain, fatigue, a rash caused by or made worse by
    loss, sores in the nose or mouth, or painful sensitivity of       loss, sores in the nose or mouth, or painful sensitivity of       loss, sores in the nose or mouth, or painful sensitivity of       sunlight, low grade fevers, hair loss, pleurisy, appe-
    the fingers to the cold.                                          the fingers to the cold.                                          the fingers to the cold.                                          tite loss, sores in the nose or mouth, or painful sensi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tivity of the fingers to the cold.
   Although lupus ranges from mild to life-threatening              Although lupus ranges from mild to life-threatening              Although lupus ranges from mild to life-threatening
    and thousands of Americans die with lupus each year,              and thousands of Americans die with lupus each year,              and thousands of Americans die with lupus each year,             Although lupus ranges from mild to life-
    the majority of cases can be controlled with proper               the majority of cases can be controlled with proper               the majority of cases can be controlled with proper               threatening and thousands of Americans die with
    treatment.                                                        treatment.                                                        treatment.                                                        lupus each year, the majority of cases can be con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          trolled with proper treatment.
   While there is currently no cure for lupus, new re-              While there is currently no cure for lupus, new re-              While there is currently no cure for lupus, new re-
    search brings unexpected findings and increased                   search brings unexpected findings and increased                   search brings unexpected findings and increased                  While there is currently no cure for lupus, new
    hope each year.                                                   hope each year.                                                   hope each year.                                                   research brings unexpected findings and in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          creased hope each year.
 Test Yourself for Lupus                             Test Yourself for Lupus                           Test Yourself for Lupus                          Test Yourself for Lupus
1.  Have you ever had achy, painful and/or      1.  Have you ever had achy, painful and/or                                                         1.  Have you ever had achy, painful and/or
    swollen joints for more than three              swollen joints for more than three           1.  Have you ever had achy, painful and/or
                                                                                                                                                       swollen joints for more than three
    months?                                         months?                                          swollen joints for more than three months?
                                                                                                                                                       months?
2. Have you ever had an unexplained             2. Have you ever had an unexplained fever        2. Have you ever had an unexplained fever
                                                                                                                                                   2. Have you ever had an unexplained fever
    fever of over 100 degrees for more              of over 100 degrees for more than a few          of over 100 degrees for more than a few
                                                                                                                                                       of over 100 degrees for more than a few
    than a few days?                                days?                                            days?
                                                                                                                                                       days?
3. Have you ever experienced persistent,        3. Have you ever experienced persistent,         3. Have you ever experienced persistent,
                                                                                                                                                   3. Have you ever experienced persistent,
    extreme fatigue/exhaustion and weak-            extreme fatigue/exhaustion and weak-             extreme fatigue/exhaustion and weakness
                                                                                                                                                       extreme fatigue/exhaustion and weak-
    ness for days or even weeks at a time,          ness for days or even weeks at a time,           for days or even weeks at a time, even
                                                                                                                                                       ness for days or even weeks at a time,
    even after 6-8 hours of restful nighttime       even after 6-8 hours of restful nighttime        after 6-8 hours of restful nighttime sleep?
                                                                                                                                                       even after 6-8 hours of restful nighttime
    sleep?                                          sleep?                                       4. Have you ever had a sensitivity to the sun
                                                                                                                                                       sleep?
4. Have you ever had a sensitivity to the       4. Have you ever had a sensitivity to the            where your skin “breaks out” after being in
                                                                                                                                                   4. Have you ever had a sensitivity to the
    sun where your skin “breaks out” after          sun where your skin “breaks out” after           the sun (not a sunburn)?
                                                                                                                                                       sun where your skin “breaks out” after
    being in the sun (not a sunburn)?               being in the sun (not a sunburn)?            5. Have you ever been told that you have a
                                                                                                                                                       being in the sun (not a sunburn)?
5. Have you ever been told that you have        5. Have you ever been told that you have a           low blood count(s) - anemia, low white
                                                                                                                                                   5. Have you ever been told that you have a
    a low blood count(s) - anemia, low              low blood count(s) - anemia, low white           cell count or a low platelet count?
                                                                                                                                                       low blood count(s) - anemia, low white
    white cell count or a low platelet count?       cell count or a low platelet count?          6. Have you ever been told you have protein
                                                                                                                                                       cell count or a low platelet count?
6. Have you ever been told you have pro-        6. Have you ever been told you have pro-             in your urine?
                                                                                                                                                   6. Have you ever been told you have pro-
    tein in your urine?                             tein in your urine?                          7. Have you ever had chest pain with breath-
                                                                                                                                                       tein in your urine?
7. Have you ever had chest pain with            7. Have you ever had chest pain with                 ing for more than a few days (pleurisy)?
                                                                                                                                                   7. Have you ever had chest pain with
    breathing for more than a few days              breathing for more than a few days           8. Do your fingers and/or toes become pale,
                                                                                                                                                       breathing for more than a few days
    (pleurisy)?                                     (pleurisy)?                                      numb or uncomfortable in the cold?
                                                                                                                                                       (pleurisy)?
8. Do your fingers and/or toes become           8. Do your fingers and/or toes become pale,      9. Have you ever had a prominent redness or
                                                                                                                                                   8. Do your fingers and/or toes become pale,
    pale, numb or uncomfortable in the              numb or uncomfortable in the cold?               color change on your face in the shape of
                                                                                                                                                       numb or uncomfortable in the cold?
    cold?                                       9. Have you ever had a prominent redness             a butterfly across the bridge of your nose
                                                                                                                                                   9. Have you ever had a prominent redness
9. Have you ever had a prominent red-               or color change on your face in the shape        and cheeks?
                                                                                                                                                       or color change on your face in the shape
    ness or color change on your face in            of a butterfly across the bridge of your     10. Have you ever had a seizure or convul-
                                                                                                                                                       of a butterfly across the bridge of your
    the shape of a butterfly across the             nose and cheeks?                                 sion?
                                                                                                                                                       nose and cheeks?
    bridge of your nose and cheeks?             10. Have you ever had a seizure or convul-       11. Have you had any sores in your mouth
                                                                                                                                                   10. Have you ever had a seizure or convul-
10. Have you ever had a seizure or convul-          sion?                                            that lasted for more than two weeks?
                                                                                                                                                       sion?
    sion?                                       11. Have you had any sores in your mouth                                                           11. Have you had any sores in your mouth
11. Have you had any sores in your mouth            that lasted for more than two weeks?              If you answer “yes” to at least three of
                                                                                                                                                       that lasted for more than two weeks?
    that lasted for more than two weeks?                                                              these questions, you should consult with
                                                      If you answer “yes” to at least three of        your doctor and discuss any questions
                                                                                                                                                        If you answer “yes” to at least three of
     If you answer “yes” to at least three of         these questions, you should consult with        you may have about lupus.
                                                                                                                                                        these questions, you should consult with
     these questions, you should consult              your doctor and discuss any questions                                                             your doctor and discuss any questions
     with your doctor and discuss any                 you may have about lupus.                                                                         you may have about lupus.
     questions you may have about lupus.




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