Lupus is an autoimmune disease that results in general swelling and inflammation, among other wide variety of lupus symptoms. What is unique about lupus is that it affects different people differently. Some have mild symptoms that they can manage, while for others the effects can be much severe.
The symptoms start in early adulthood, from the teen years to the 30s. Lupus is characterized by periods of remission, followed by flare-ups. This is the reason why most of the early symptoms are easy to miss out on.
Because most of the early symptoms are similar to other conditions out there, just having the symptoms doesn’t directly translate to someone having lupus. Here are some of the early symptoms:
- Hair loss
- Rash and itching
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Kidney problems
- Pulmonary problems
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Swollen joints
- Thyroid issues
- Gastrointestinal problems
Up to 90% of the people who have lupus have had brush ins with tiredness and fatigue. For most people, an afternoon nap does the trick. It may be difficult for many to be active during the day, and energy levels will drop before you know it.
Raised Body Temperature
A low-grade fever that appears for no reason whatsoever, can be an early symptom. It hovers in the range of 98.5˚F (36.9˚C) to 101˚F (38.3˚C). it is advised that you talk about this with a doctor, as those diagnosed with lupus have had this experience with a low-grade fever occasionally. It could be caused by infection, imminent flare-up or inflammation.
Loss of hair
Thinning hair is considered one of the primary symptoms of lupus. Hair loss is due to the inflammation of the scalp and skin. Some of those with lupus lose their hair in clumps. For others, the hair thins out gradually. Even the hair of the eyelashes, beard and eyebrows and other body hair lose thickness over time. The hair can feel brittle, ragged and break easily.
Upon beginning lupus treatment, hair regrowth begins. However, if scarring or lesions develop on the scalp then you can lose hair in those areas permanently.
Rashes And Lesions
This is one of the easily visible symptoms of lupus. 50% of the lupus patients have had stints with rashes that are aggravated upon exposure to sunlight. These could be non-itchy lesions as well, or even discoloration of the toes and fingers.