What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body such as the skin, joints, kidneys, blood cells, brain, and other internal organs. The body’s immune system becomes overactive and tends to have difficulty distinguishing the difference between normal, healthy tissues and antigens such as viruses and bacteria. This means that the immune system attacks both indiscriminately. Currently there is no known cure but treatment is available to reduce symptoms. There are no known causes, nor is it contagious.
What are some symptoms?
The unique thing about Lupus is that no two cases will be the same. Symptoms vary from person to person. For example, some may display severe flares while others display little to no symptoms. Some common symptoms include:
- Fever and fatigue
- Joint pain, stiffness, swelling
- Skin lesions
- Chest pain
- Dry eyes
- Butterfly-shaped rash on face
- More than 90% of those suffering from Lupus are women
- At least 1.5 million known cases in the US and 5 million worldwide
- Those diagnosed are within the ages of 15-45
Why Theta Lambda Beta Chose Lupus
Eight years ago, we discovered that one of our brothers was diagnosed with lupus. After additional research and discovering how little information is known about the condition, we took it upon ourselves to raise awareness for the cause.