- Systemic lupus erythematosus (also known as lupus or SLE) is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body.
- Lupus is an autoimmune condition, which means that your body’s immune system attacks your own body tissues, assuming they are foreign. This can lead to pain, swelling, and damage to organs such as the brain, blood cells, kidneys.
- People with lupus often have disease flares, in which symptoms worsen, followed by a period of remission, in which symptoms improve.
- Lupus is mild in some people and is life-threatening in others. However, treatments are available to reduce symptoms, reverse inflammation, and minimize organ damage.