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If you have lupus (LOO-puhss), your body's defense system, called the immune system, attacks your body's healthy tissues and organs. It can damage your joints, skin, kidneys, and other parts of your body. Lupus is a disease of flares (when symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (when symptoms improve and you feel better). Lupus symptoms and its treatment can affect your physical health and emotional well-being, which in turn, can affect your ability to keep up with everyday routines. But treatment and support help many people with lupus feel their best.

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More information on Lupus

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  • Lupus Fact Sheet - This fact sheet provides information on lupus, a disease that affects your immune system. It explains who is at risk for lupus, the different types of lupus, its signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also provides information on how to cope with the pain and stress of having lupus and whom to contact for more information.

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Content last updated: September 22, 2009.

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