Lupus is a condition that we still don’t understand fully. It’s a complex disease that affects a number of parts of the body, but is best described as a disease that involves the body attacking itself. It can be life-threatening to some and relatively mild for others, affecting the skin, joints and the organs.
No matter how ‘severe’ the condition is, it can have a huge effect on an individual’s quality of life. Want to learn more about the condition? Want to discover the early signs that might suggest you have the condition? Take a look at the 10 most common symptoms of lupus.
One of the most common early symptoms of lupus is fatigue. If you’re feeling tired all the time, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have lupus, however. There are lots of causes of fatigue.
Around 90% of people with lupus experience fatigue on a regular basis, and this can usually be solved by taking a quick nap during the middle of the day. Although, when these people take afternoon naps, it can cause insomnia during the night. The best way to deal with this fatigue therefore is to stay energetic throughout the day.
2. Hair loss
Again, this is a symptom that might be caused by something else, but is in fact regular for people who are suffering from lupus. An early symptom of lupus is the thinning of hair which then turns into hair less. This occurs as the skin all over the body becomes to inflame and flake, killing off the hair follicles and stopping them from producing hair.
Usually it will be on the scalp, but you can also expect to experience the thinning of hair all over the body, including the beard and eyebrows.
Before the hair actually stops growing, it might also look tired and brittle, which is a symptom that is often called ‘lupus hair’.
3. Mysterious fevers
Fevers that appear to come out of nowhere are also pretty common for people suffering with lupus. These are usually low-grade fevers that keep your temperature between 98 and 101 degrees F. Lots of people will usually ignore this kind of fever and wait for it to disappear, but if you find that you’re experiencing fevers like this on a regular basis, it’s important that you see a doctor.