Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common form of lupus.

Symptoms may include:

painful joints



skin rashes

organ damage

Lupus nephritis (LN), one of the most common types of organ damage in SLE patients, happens when kidneys swell or scar from inflammation and no longer work properly. Organ damage can also be caused by side effects of some lupus treatments.

About 40% of people living with lupus will develop organ damage within the first year but taking active steps in your lupus management can reduce your risk.

Talk to your doctor

Always be open and straightforward about all of the symptoms you're experiencing. This will allow your doctor to understand what is worrying you and help create the best care plan for your needs.

Know the signs

Speak with your doctor about any tests you could do at home, such as checking your blood pressure or urine testing for signs of possible organ involvement. Being actively engaged will help you better understand your health status.

Stay active

Easy exercises like walking, swimming or home workouts can help you stay healthy. Check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine.

Protect yourself from the sun

Sunlight can cause photosensitivity, skin rashes and lupus flares. Use sunscreen with SPF 50 or above, avoid midday sun and wear protective clothing when needed.

Focus on your overall health

Be sure to speak with your doctor about lifestyle choices that may help reduce the chances of developing conditions like high cholesterol, excess weight, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Stop smoking

It’s hard to break a habit like smoking on your own. Talk with your doctor now to learn about tools to help you quit.

Your voice matters

It’s never too early to understand more about your condition including how to reduce the risk of organ damage. Here are some important topics to discuss following a diagnosis of lupus.

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