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Signs and Symptoms

Contact the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

What are the signs and symptoms of Lupus?

Lupus symptoms vary from one person to another. For some, symptoms may come and go periodically. Various symptoms may also appear at different times over the course of the disease. The most common signs and symptoms of Lupus include the following:

  • Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Painful or swollen joints
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands and/or around eyes
  • Chest pain during deep breathing
  • Sun or light sensitivity
  • Hair loss
  • Abnormal blood clotting

Many of these symptoms may mimic those of other connective tissue diseases, please see a doctor or healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

For more information, please visit the Lupus Foundation of America at