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Lupus Alert Day

On Lupus Alert Day, join the fight against this debilitating disease by spreading awareness and supporting those affected.
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Get ready to raise awareness and support for those living with lupus on Lupus Alert Day, which is observed every April 1. This day holds a special significance as it marks the beginning of National Lupus Awareness Month. It was first established in 2006 by the Lupus Foundation of America in order to educate the public about this chronic autoimmune disease and encourage early detection and treatment. Despite affecting an estimated 5 million people worldwide, lupus is still widely misunderstood. So let's use this day to spread positivity, share information, and show our support for those battling this illness!

History of Lupus Alert Day

Lupus Alert Day Dates

Lupus Alert Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1948</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recognition of Lupus</div><div class='timeline-text'>American Rheumatism Association (now American College of Rheumatology) formally recognized lupus as a disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1951</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Lupus Drug</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug specifically for lupus - corticosteroids.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1977</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Lupus Foundation of America Formed</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Lupus Foundation of America was established to combat lupus through research, education, and advocacy.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Lupus Alert Day Initiated</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Lupus Foundation of America marked April 1 as Lupus Alert Day for the first time.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>New Lupus Drug Approved</div><div class='timeline-text'>FDA approved belimumab, making it the first new lupus drug in 50 years.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Present</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Worldwide Lupus Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>Lupus Alert Day continues to be observed globally to raise awareness and support early detection and treatment.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Lupus Alert Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Wear purple</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Purple is the color associated with lupus awareness. Show your support by wearing a purple outfit or accessory on Lupus Alert Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself and others</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to learn more about lupus and its effects. Share your knowledge with others to raise awareness and understanding of the disease.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather friends and family to raise funds for lupus research and support. This could be through a charity walk, bake sale, or other creative event.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write to your representatives</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use Lupus Alert Day as an opportunity to advocate for increased funding and support for lupus research and treatment. Write to your local representatives to make your voice heard.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Whether you have lupus or know someone who does, sharing personal experiences can help raise awareness and provide support to others. Use social media or start a blog to share your story on Lupus Alert Day.</p></div></div>

Why Lupus Alert Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raising awareness for a serious disease</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Lupus Alert Day is an important opportunity to educate people about lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide. By spreading awareness and understanding, we can work towards finding a cure and improving the lives of those living with this illness.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Supporting those affected by lupus</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>For individuals and families who are impacted by lupus, Lupus Alert Day serves as a reminder that they are not alone. By showing our support and solidarity, we can make a difference in their lives and help them feel heard and understood.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promoting early detection and treatment</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Early detection is key when it comes to managing lupus symptoms and preventing potential complications. Lupus Alert Day highlights the importance of getting regular check-ups, recognizing warning signs, and seeking medical help if necessary to improve outcomes for those living with lupus.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts for Lupus Alert Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lupus is More Prevalent in Women than Men</h3><p class='facts-content'>Lupus affects women more than men, with over 90% of those diagnosed being females. In particular, it most often affects women during their childbearing years.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There's an Increased Prevalence in Certain Ethnicities</h3><p class='facts-content'>Lupus is two to three times more prevalent among women of color, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinas, Asians, and Native Americans, compared to Caucasian women.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>No Two Lupus Cases are the Same</h3><p class='facts-content'>Lupus is a complex disease that can affect multiple organs in the body, and symptoms can vary significantly from person to person, making it a challenge to diagnose and treat.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A Butterfly Rash is a Common Symptom of Lupus</h3><p class='facts-content'>One of the most characteristic symptoms of lupus is a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks. This occurs in an estimated 40-50% of lupus patients.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lupus Often Triggers Flares</h3><p class='facts-content'>Lupus is characterized by periods of illness, called flares, and periods of wellness, or remission. Triggers for flares can include sunlight, infections, certain drugs, and stress.</p></div></div>

Lupus Alert Day FAQs

When is Lupus Alert Day?

Lupus Alert Day is celebrated on April 1 every year. In 2024 Lupus Alert Day will occur on a Monday.

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