Numerous online resources discuss lupus, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, including the Lupus Foundation of America, the Mayo Clinic and articles on sites such as Medical News Today. Additional information is found at the Alliance for Lupus Research.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means the immune system attacks the body rather than protecting it against foreign invaders. Symptoms vary, but most commonly the signs include extreme fatigue, a butterfly-shaped face rash, painful arthritic joints and a fever not associated with another illness, such as cold or flu. The disease need not be debilitating, although symptoms may flare up then disappear for periods of time. While incurable, drug therapy successfully manages lupus. Nine out of ten of those with lupus are female, according to the Alliance for Lupus Research.