Below are replies to some frequently asked questions about lupus. If you have further questions, we encourage you to call us at (310) 657-5667. Please note that these are general answers and you should always consult with your doctor for your specific medical questions.
How did I get lupus?
The cause of lupus remains unknown. It is believed that lupus has a genetic pre-disposition and something in the environment triggers the onset of the disease.
Is lupus contagious? Can you get it from sex?
Lupus is not contagious. It cannot be transmitted sexually.
Is lupus a woman’s disease? Do men and children get lupus?
The majority of people with lupus—90%—are female; however, men and children are also diagnosed with lupus.
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Common symptoms of lupus are:
- Unexplained Fever
- Extreme fatigue
- Painful or swollen joints
- Red rash or color change on the face
- Chest pain upon deep breathing
- Unusual hair loss
- Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s Phenomenon)
- Sensitivity to the sun
- Swelling (edema) in legs or around eyes, etc.
- Swollen glands
These symptoms can come or go and can range from mild to severe. Most lupus patients have a combination of symptoms.
I have a lot of lupus-type symptoms. Where can I go to get diagnosed?
Many hospitals have rheumatology clinics, or your primary care doctor can order specific laboratory tests for lupus, or refer you to a rheumatologist.