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Living with Lupus

Content provided by: Better Medicine from Healthgrades

How Lupus Affects Pregnancy

More than 90 percent of people with lupus are women, and most are diagnosed during their childbearing years. Naturally, the questions of whether a woman with lupus can sustain a healthy pregnancy and have a healthy baby often come into play. While complications can arise, the good news is that with the right medical care, you can decrease your risks and deliver a normal, healthy baby. 

Learn how lupus affects pregnancy

What Lupus Does To Your Body

Lupus can affect your entire body – from head to toe.

How Lupus Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Sometimes, lupus can affect this big and delicate organ. One of the more common symptoms of lupus is a red rash that appears on the face. It is often called a “butterfly rash” because it may spread across the nose and cheeks. Rashes can also show up on your arms, shoulders and body.  People with certain types of lupus may be more likely to experience skin problems. For instance, cutaneous lupus causes thick red sores called lesions on the scalp, face or other parts of the body.

Learn more about how lupus can affect your skin

Reference: Bones, Joints and Muscles section on Better Medicine

Did You Know?

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Lupus occurs most frequently in women ages 15 - 40.

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