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Signs & Symptoms Rheumatology

Signs and Symptoms

Although the severity and range of symptoms of lupus differ for each person, common symptoms include:

  • Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain
  • Unexplained fever
  • "Butterfly" rashes, most commonly across the bridge of nose and cheeks
  • Chest pain when breathing deeply, called pleurisy
  • Unusual hair loss
  • Sensitivity to the sun
  • Swelling, or edema, in the legs or around the eyes
  • Swollen glands
  • Extreme fatigue

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.