Lupus Essay

526 WordsFeb 26, 20113 Pages
Lupus Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. Chronic means the signs and symptoms go wrong with your immune system, which is part of the body that fights off virus, bacteria, and germs. Lupus is also a disease of flares, (the symptoms worsen and you fill ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better). The immune system goes into overdrive and can’t tell difference between some of the body’s normal, healthy cells and germs that can cause infection. So the immune system responds by making antibodies that attack the body’s normal cells. If you have lupus something is wrong with your immune system and it attacks healthy cells and tissues. Lupus has tripled since 1970. Lupus can range from mid-to life threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life. Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You can’t “catch” lupus from someone or “give” lupus to somebody else. Some of the most common symptoms of lupus are pain swelling in joints, muscle pain, fever with no known cause. Red rashes, most often in the face, chest pain when taking a deep breath, hair loss, pale or purple fingers or toes, sensitivity to the sun, swelling in legs or around eyes, mouth ulcers, swollen glands, and feeling tires. Less common symptoms include anemia (a decrease in red blood cells), headaches, dizzy spells, feeling sad, and confusion. Lupus patients are much more likely to have risk factors for heart disease. There are 3 types of lupus which are, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Coetaneous (skin) Lupus, and Drug-Induced Lupus. Systemic Lupus Erythematousus (SLE) it’s the most serious form of lupus. 15% of people who have it first start feeling sick when they are teens. Systemic Erythematousus can affect the skin, joints, and tendons. It may also affect

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