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Physicians Find Some Difficulties in Diagnosing, Treating Lupus

By rlsmetro on
New Jersey

While there are treatments that can help improve your symptoms, prevent flares, and prevent other health problems, Lupus is a chronic disease with no cure. 

This means that you can manage it with treatment, but it will not go away, according to the Center for Disease Control. 


An extremely difficult disease to diagnose because its symptoms mimic other autoimmune diseases, many people have lupus for a while before they find out they actually have it.


The CDC encourages you to visit your primary care physician if you have symptoms of lupus. Officials said Lupus is a chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body.

"With autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune (defense) system cannot tell the difference between viruses, bacteria, and other germs and the body’s healthy cells, tissues, or organs. Because of this, the immune system attacks and destroys these healthy cells, tissues, or organs," CDC officials said.


Lupus symptoms also usually come and go, meaning that you don’t have them all of the time. Lupus is a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better), according to the CDC.


INFORMATION CREDIT: Center for Disease Control