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Red, Itchy Rash? Get the Skinny on Dermatitis

You’ve probably had a rash at some point or another, whether from poison ivy or the chickenpox or something more unusual. Why does your skin break out in red blotches like that? More important, is there anything you can do about it?

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Looking at Lupus: An Attack from Within

Lupus is a complex and mysterious disorder. It arises when the cells that are supposed to protect your body from disease mistakenly assault your own healthy cells and tissues. This attack from within can damage your joints, skin and most other parts of your body. NIH-funded scientists are working to uncover the causes of lupus and find better ways to diagnose and treat the disease.

Recommended NIH Resources

Do I have Lupus?
(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
Lupus is an autoimmune disease. Signs and symptoms, what a flare is and how to prevent it, causes, how it's diagnosed, how to cope with it, symptom checklist, research and more.

Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
Detailed information for people who have systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called SLE or lupus) and for their families and friends and others who want to better understand the disease. Information includes causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, quality of life, pregnancy and contraception, current research, preventing a flare, and tips to work with your doctor.

Lupus Nephritis
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
Lupus nephritis is kidney inflammation caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus). Up to 60 percent of people with SLE are diagnosed with lupus nephritis. Information on the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, complications and key points to remember.

(National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
While genetic susceptibility plays an important role in the development of lupus, little is known about the contribution of environmental factors to the disease process.

What People with Lupus Need to Know About Osteoporosis
(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
Studies have found an increase in bone loss and fracture in individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the form of the disease that is commonly referred to as lupus. In fact, women with lupus may be nearly five times more likely than those without the disease to experience a fracture from osteoporosis.


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