Tens of thousands of Canadian men, women and children are living with lupus. Lupus is most common in women of childbearing age, but also afflicts men and children.
Systemic lupus is a complex and sometimes baffling condition that can target any tissue or organ of the body, including skin, muscles, joints, blood and blood vessels, lungs, heart, kidneys and the brain.
There are other types of lupus which mainly affect the skin. A few individuals develop drug-induced lupus as a response to some medications used to treat other conditions. These symptoms disappear when the person stops taking the medication.
Visit www.lupusontario.org for more information about lupus.