Book DescriptionAn essential reference for patients and their caregivers. The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million people in the United States are currently grappling with lupus. Lupus is a chronic disease caused by inflammation in one or more parts of the body. It can target any of the body's tissues, and its symptoms are many. Because every lupus experience is unique, it's often called 'the disease of a thousand faces.' Written for non-medical readers, this authoritative reference provides clear, detailed information on: - How lupus works within the body - What can be done to manage and minimize symptoms - Drug treatments - Alternative therapies - Concerns particular to women and children. Lupus is an essential guide for patients diagnosed with this disease as well as their caregivers.