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Skin rashes are a common symptom of lupus.

Skin rashes are a common symptom of lupus.
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Lupus diagnosis

People with Lupus have vague symptoms that make the diagnosis difficult and may as a result take some time. Different people have different symptoms, and one person may have different symptoms at different times.

The diagnosis is based mainly on your doctor talking to you and examining you. He or she will ask you a number of questions about your symptoms and then take some blood tests. These usually include an Anti Nuclear Antibody (ANA) test, which measures whether you have antibodies to your own tissues, and a range of other tests.

But it is important to know that there is no single test that gives a diagnosis of lupus. Sometimes the diagnosis can’t be made straight away – it may take time.This can mean ensuring you follow up with your doctor and even record symptoms as they occur. Giving a good history to your doctor is very important in making a diagnosis early so the right treatment can be discussed.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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