Lupus Foundation of Illinois
20 E. Jackson, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60604
The mission of the Lupus Foundation of Illinois is to inform, educate and promote awareness and understanding of lupus, and to support those affected by the disease.
Facts and Statistics
Lupus is more prevalent in this country than AIDS, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis combined,
An estimated 65,000 in Illinois suffer from lupus.
Lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the body's immune system fails to serve its normal protective functions. Instead, it forms antibodies that attack healthy tissues and organs
Lupus affects women 10 times more often than men.
The following symptoms are commonly found in individuals with lupus in the beginning stages of their disease. It is important to note that these symptoms are similar to those of other acute chronic illnesses and may simply disappear.
- Extreme fatigue
- Joint swelling (arthritis)
- Muscle ache (myalgia)
- Joint ache (arthralgia)
- Persistent, low-grade fever (less than 101 degrees F)
- Skin rash
- Butterfly rash (across the bridge of the nose and cheeks)
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Weight loss
- Mouth or Nose Ulcers
- Photosensitivity (sun or light sensitivity)
- Raynaud's Phenomenon (fingers turning white and/or blue in the cold)
- Pain in the chest when breathing deeply (pleurisy)
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