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If you have had any symptoms like these, especially if you have had several, talk to your doctor about lupus. Early diagnosis and proper medical care are vital.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu).
Is Lupus contagious?
Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot "catch" lupus from someone or "give" lupus to someone.
Is Lupus hereditary?
Lupus is not hereditary in that the disease itself is passed from parent to child. It is hereditary in that a predisposition to developing the disease is passed down from parent to child. It is important to recognize this distinction. Not everyone with a parent who has lupus will develop the disease itself, and children can develop the disease even if neither of their parents has lupus.
Is there a cure for Lupus?
At present, there is no cure for lupus. However, lupus can be effectively treated with drugs, and most people with the disease can lead active, healthy lives. Lupus is characterized by periods of illness, called flares, and periods of feeling better or remissions.
The cause of Lupus is unknown, although it can sometimes be caused by certain drugs. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system cannot recognize it's own tissue from disease causing agents and so attacks itself.
Who does Lupus affect?
Lupus is more prevalent among African-American, Greek, Hispanic, and Asian women, though some men have lupus, as well. The problem with lupus is, people can't tell how sick you really are. That's one of the reasons lupus doesn't get the respect it deserves. One of the major things that happens in lupus is chronic fatigue, and there is no way to measure that.
How many people are affected by Lupus?
Ten percent of lupus patients are male. The composition of lupus patients changes depending on what area you are in. It is more common in African-Americans and Asian-Americans in the United States. That probably represents genetic issues that are not yet understood. An average patient in the U.S. is diagnosed in their 20's and 30's. In Canada the age of onset might be a little bit later. In Sweden, for example, the age of onset for lupus is late 30's, early 40's. There are currently an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States living with Lupus.
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