According to the CDC, lupus is an autoimmune disease that triggers inflammation in different tissues of the body. Autoimmune diseases happen when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. The most common type of lupus is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which affects different parts of the body including internal organs. In addition to SLE, the National Institutes of Health describes other types of lupus as: Discoid lupus erythematosus—causes a skin rash that doesn’t go away; Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus—causes skin sores on parts of the body exposed to sun; Drug-induced lupus—can be caused by medications; and, Neonatal lupus—a rare type of lupus that affects newborns.
Free Downloadable Resources
CME on Health Disparities in SLE:
Dr. Irene Blanco defines health disparities in systemic lupus erythematosus, discusses racial and ethnic health disparities as they pertain to SLE and identifies ways to recognize, address and reduce these disparities.
Patient and Supporter Resource
additional resources designed specifically for people with lupus including a fact sheet and a symptom tracker. Most of these resources are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish & Vietnamese.
TLI also offers a variety of CMEs for providers including Dermatology & Lupus and Epidemiology, Disparities and Social Determinants of Lupus.
*CME- Continuing Medical Education