Signs of lupus include fatigue, a butterfly-shaped rash over the cheek and nose areas, dry eyes, blood clotting and chest pain. People with lupus exhibit many different symptoms, and should consult their doctors if they have ongoing and unexplained pain, fatigue, rash or fever, say experts at Mayo Clinic. These signs are among the most common symptoms of lupus, although they may indicate the presence of other diseases, too.
People with lupus generally experience flare-ups, which are periods of time when their symptoms are worse, notes Mayo Clinic. Lupus may present suddenly and with severe symptoms. Alternatively, it progresses slowly, and symptoms worsen in time.
Regardless of how lupus starts, it correlates with several internal and external symptoms. A skin rash on the face, in the shape of a butterfly, is a common external sign of lupus, as are ulcers in the mouth or nose. Hair loss, swelling (particularly of the hands, feet and legs) may also indicate lupus. Some people with lupus have Raynaud's syndrome, where their fingers or toes turn blue or white in the cold.
Internal indicators of lupus are chest pain, chronic fatigue and anemia, which is an abnormally low level of red blood cells. Lupus patients may also complain of headaches, dizziness and confusion.
Symptoms associated with lupus arise with other conditions, too, such as Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid problems and more. Therefore, patients should visit their doctors for an accurate diagnosis.