Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can attack any part of the body. Lupus causes your immune system to fail by not telling the difference between viruses, bacteria and germs and your body's healthy tissue. This creates auto antibodies that destroy healthy tissue causing inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body. It is estimated that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Lupus afflicts mostly women between the ages of 15-44.
Genes, the environment and hormones are possible causes of lupus. Symptoms of lupus include tiredness, headaches, blood clotting, painful or swollen joints, hair loss, swelling in feet, legs, hands or around eyes, and other similar symptoms.
There is no current cure for lupus, but generally the disease is not fatal. Treatments include prescribed medications, quickly seeking medical help when lupus symptoms flare up, and following the overall instructions of their physicians.
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