Key points about lupus in children
- Lupus is a disease that causes episodes of inflammation and damage to many parts of the body, including the skin and organs.
- It is caused by both genes and environmental factors.
- Symptoms include a rash, fever, joint inflammation and pain, and sensitivity to the sun.
- Lupus can range from a mild disease to a life-threatening disease.
- There is no known cure for lupus, but medicines and lifestyle changes can help you manage symptoms of the disease.
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