Lupus Alert Day is an annual worldwide holiday dedicated to the autoimmune disease. It is celebrated on April 1. There is currently no cure for lupus, but proper medical care can stop the progression of the disease and allow people to live normally. The purpose of the holiday is to raise awareness in the society about lupus. Together we can defeat the disease!
Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system takes healthy tissues and organs as a danger and begins to attack them, causing damage.
Lupus Alert Day was established in 2000. It was proposed by the LFA, an American foundation dedicated to educating the public about lupus and supporting research to develop an effective cure.
In 1948, the Mayo Clinic improved its diagnostic methods, which allowed an unmistakable diagnosis of up to 60% of lupus cases. Over time, a complete clinical picture of the disease (skin rashes, joint and muscle pain, etc.) was established. Additional physical and laboratory investigations maximized the usefulness of the diagnosis.
- Sixteen thousand people in the United States get lupus each year, and more than 90% of those who get it are women.
- Lupus is not a fatal disease, but the symptoms can become increasingly severe without treatment, triggering various diseases. With normal treatment, about 85-90% of people live a normal life into old age.
- The vast majority of cases are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 45.
How to celebrate
Learn more about lupus this day, what the causes are, what treatments are used, and more. If you have similar symptoms, don’t ignore them and get tested. The disease is very difficult to recognize in its early stages because of the similarities to many other, milder diseases.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask users if they or someone they know has lupus? If so, are they getting qualified medical care?
When is Lupus Alert Day celebrated in 2023?
Lupus Alert Day is observed on April 1 each year.