Symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Lupus symptoms are usually chronic, although they may periodically flare up or go into remission. And while the severity and type of symptoms experienced will vary, the most common symptoms of lupus include:

Immune System

  • Malar rash, a rash shaped like a butterfly that is usually found on the bridge of the nose and the cheeks
  • Discoid rash, a raised rash found on the head, arms, chest or back
  • Fever
  • Inflammation of the joints
  • Painful joints
  • Sunlight sensitivity
  • Hair loss
  • Mouth ulcers (sores)
  • Fluid around the lungs, heart, or other organs
  • Kidney problems
  • Low white blood cell or low platelet count
  • Raynaud's phenomenon, a condition in which the blood vessels of the fingers and toes go into spasm when triggered by factors such as cold, stress or illness
  • Weight loss
  • Nerve or brain dysfunction
  • Anemia
  • Decreased appetite
  • Low energy
  • Swollen glands

The symptoms of lupus may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.