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What is lupus disease?

What is lupus disease?

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Lupus Disease is a disorder of the immune system known as an autoimmune

disease. In autoimmune diseases, the body harms its own healthy cells and

tissues. This leads to inflammation and damage to various body tissues.

How Does Lupus Disease Affect the Body ?

Lupus Disease can affect many parts of the body, including the joints,

skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. Although people

with Lupus disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most

common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints

(arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems.

Is there a Cure for Lupus ?

At present, there is no cure for Lupus disease. However, Lupus can be

very successfully treated with appropriate drugs, and most people with the

disease can lead active, healthy lives. Lupus disease is characterized by

periods of illness, called flares, and periods of wellness, or remission.

Understanding how to prevent Lupus flares and how to treat them when they

do occur helps people with Lupus to maintain better health. Intense

research is underway and scientists are continuing to make great strides

in understanding the disease, which may ultimately lead to a cure.

Two of the questions researchers are studying are who gets Lupus

disease and why? We know that many more women than men have lupus disease.

Lupus disease is three times more common in African American women than in

Caucasian women and is also more common in women of Hispanic, Asian, and

Native American descent. In addition, Lupus disease can run in families,

but the risk that a child or a brother or sister of a patient will also

have Lupus disease is still quite low. It is difficult to estimate how

many have Lupus disease because its symptoms vary widely and its onset is

The Different Kinds of Lupus Disease

Although "Lupus" is used as a broad term, there actually are

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the form of Lupus disease

that most people are referring to when they say "lupus." The

word "systemic" means the disease can affect many parts of the

body. The symptoms of SLE may be mild or serious. Although SLE usually

first affects people between the ages of 15 and 45 years, it can occur

in childhood or later in life as well.

Discoid lupus erythematosus refers to a skin disorder in which a

red, raised rash appears on the face, scalp, or elsewhere. The raised

areas may become thick and scaly and may cause scarring. The rash may

last for days or years and may recur. A small percentage of people with

discoid lupus disease have or develop SLE.

Drug-induced lupus refers to a form of lupus disease caused by

specific medications. Symptoms are similar to those of SLE (arthritis,

rash, fever, and chest pain) that typically go away when the drug is

Neonatal lupus is a rare form of lupus disease affecting new

born babies of women with SLE or certain other immune system disorders.

At birth, the babies have a skin rash, liver abnormalities, or low blood

counts, which entirely go away over several months. However, babies with

neonatal lupus may have a serious heart defect. Physicians can now

identify most at-risk mothers, allowing for prompt treatment of the

infant at or before birth. Neonatal lupus is very rare, and most infants

of mothers with SLE are entirely healthy.

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