Living well with lupus

How can a person tell if lupus is active?

When a lupus flare occurs, many people will notice a return of the symptoms they experienced previously. However, some people may also develop new symptoms. Active disease is caused by inflammation in an organ or organ system. Common symptoms that indicate a flare are:

  • ongoing fever not due to an infection
  • painful, swollen joints
  • an increase in fatigue
  • rashes
  • sores or ulcers in the mouth or nose
  • general swelling in the legs

Some flares happen without symptoms. This is why it is important to see a trained lupus doctor who regularly monitors your health.

Medically reviewed on July 20, 2013