Lupus Awareness Health Promotion Activity Plan

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By Mikael Häggström, used with permission.

Lupus, an autoimmune disorder, is a debilitating and unpredictable disease in which the immune system attacks and causes damage to healthy tissues.  Inflammation throughout the body can occur and may involve the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain and blood vessels. People with lupus commonly experience chronic and severe fatigue, fevers, pain and swelling in affected joints, and skin conditions that may appear on the face as a butterfly-shaped rash over the nose and cheeks.  Often, there are periods of time when the disease “flares” and symptoms worsen, followed by a period of remission when inflammation decreases and symptoms improve. Serious conditions involving major organs include kidney and heart disease, and are two of the leading causes of death among people with lupus.

Diagnosing lupus can be challenging.  Signs and symptoms vary from person to person, depending on which organs are affected and the severity of the disease. The exact cause of lupus is not known and there is no cure, but proper treatment can reduce symptoms, pain and inflammation, and minimize damage to vital organs.  By adhering to the treatment plan and making healthy lifestyle adjustments, many people with lupus can lead full and active lives.

For more information, see our Health Promotion Activity Plan: