What is lupus?
There are two main forms of lupus: discoid lupus, which only affects the skin, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which affects the skin and joints and can also involve internal organs including your heart or kidney. Read more
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Typical symptoms of lupus can include joint pain, a skin rash, fatigue and fever. However, some people will experience other symptoms and complications. Read more
Who gets lupus?
Lupus is more common in young women of Chinese, African or Caribbean origin, although it can affect men and women of all races. Read more
What causes lupus?
Lupus is caused by autoantibodies which attack the body's own tissues. It's not know exactly why this happens but it's likely to be due to a combination of genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. Read more
What is the outlook for lupus?
It’s hard to predict exactly how lupus will affect you, but your doctor will suggest treatments and/or lifestyle changes aimed at reducing the risks of complications. Read more
How is lupus diagnosed?
There's no specific test that can confirm a diagnosis of lupus. Your doctor will make the diagnosis based on the history of your illness, a physical examination and blood tests, which can help to rule out other conditions that may have similar symptoms. Read more
What treatments are there for lupus?
There’s no cure for lupus at present, but the condition usually responds well to a number of different types of drugs, especially when treatment is started early. Read more
Self-help and daily living for lupus
Self-help tips for lupus include following a healthy diet, not smoking, protecting your skin from strong sunlight and finding the right balance between exercise and rest. Read more
Pregnancy and lupus
Most women with lupus should be able to have a baby if they want to, but it's best to discuss your plans with your doctors before trying for a baby. Read more
Research and new developments for lupus
Arthritis Research UK is funding research into the genetic factors that increase the risk of developing lupus, as well as investigating new forms of treatment. Read more