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.