Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes widespread inflammation and damage to body tissues. It is still in many ways a mysterious disease, with no known cause. But ongoing research is yielding new insights, and people with lupus are living full, active lives.
Because lupus can affect so many different organs, a wide range of symptoms can occur. These symptoms may come and go, and different symptoms may appear at different times during the course of the disease.
The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, are:
Lupus Foundation of America