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What Is Lupus?
by Denise Love Contreras   
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Last edited: Friday, May 04, 2012
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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This Article is not written by me.

It is taken from the Publication Date: August 2001 (Currently being updated)
The Many Shades of Lupus

Provided by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin

Since I have Lupus I thought I would put this information in explaining what Lupus is.

What Is Lupus?

If you have  lupus, you probably have many questions. Lupus isn't a simple
disease with an  easy answer. You can't take a pill and make it go away. The
people you live with  and work with may have trouble understanding that you're
sick. Lupus doesn't  have a clear set of signs that people can see. You may know
that something's  wrong, even though it may take a while to be diagnosed.

Lupus has many  shades. It can affect people of different races, ethnicities,
and ages, both men  and women. It can look like different diseases. It's
different for every person  who has it.

The good news is that you can get help and fight lupus.  Learning about it is
the first step. Ask questions. Talk to your doctor, family,  and friends.
People who look for answers are more likely to find  them.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune (AW-toe-ih-MYOON)  disease. Your body's immune system
is like an army with hundreds of soldiers.  The immune system's job is to
fight foreign substances in the body, like germs  and viruses. But in autoimmune
diseases, the immune system is out of control. It  attacks healthy tissues, not

You can't catch lupus from another  person. It isn't cancer, and it isn't
related to AIDS.

Lupus is a disease  that can affect many parts of the body. Everyone reacts
differently. One person  with lupus may have swollen knees and fever. Another
person may be tired all the  time or have kidney trouble. Someone else may have
rashes. Lupus can involve the  joints, the skin, the kidneys, the lungs, the
heart and/or the brain. If you  have lupus, it may affect two or three parts
of your body. Usually, one person  doesn't have all the possible symptoms.

There are three main types of  lupus:

a.. Systemic lupus erythematosus (eh-RITH-eh-muh-TOE-sus)  is the most common
form. It's sometimes called SLE, or just lupus. The word  "systemic" means
that the disease can involve many parts of the body such as the  heart, lungs,
kidneys, and brain. SLE symptoms can be mild or serious. 
b.. Discoid lupus erythematosus mainly affects the skin. A red rash  may
appear, or the skin on the face, scalp, or elsewhere may change color. 
c.. Drug-induced lupus is triggered by a few medicines. It's like  SLE, but
symptoms are usually milder. Most of the time, the disease goes away  when the
medicine is stopped. More men develop drug-induced lupus because the  drugs
that cause it, hydralazine and procainamide, are used to treat heart  conditions
that are more common in men.

Publication Date: August 2001




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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 10/23/2006
An excellent informative article. Thanks for posting it........M
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 10/18/2006
A very useful article, Angela.
Enjoyed reading.

Reviewed by Peter Paton 10/17/2006

Thanks for your very useful and informative article on Lupus..
It will shed light on this debilatating illness for many

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