I keep seeing this advertisement about Lupus. What is Lupus?

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brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is a very stubborn, progressive, and lethal disease of the autoimmune system that affects the body's connective tissue.  Basically, the body's own defense mechanisms, or immune system, views the joints, bones, heart, skin, lungs or blood vessels as a threat, and attacks them as if they were foreign tissues and organs.  For some unknown reason it is much more common in women than men (9X more) and a person may go months without any symptoms, and then suffer months more from constant Lupus attacks.  There appears to be no real pattern with the onset of attacks.

It is treatable, but there is no known cure, and it can potentially kill you, though most people can survive long term with the disease as long as they are properly treated.

william1941 | Student

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease which can affect any part of the body including the skin, joints, and other important organs of the body. As it is a chronic illness it lasts for a long period of time. When a person gets Lupus the immune system of the body is unable to differentiate foreign organisms like viruses, bacteria, and germs which harm the body from cells of the body itself. This results in the immune system attacking cells of the body and causing damage to healthy tissue. Lupus cannot be spread among people by any method, so the patient cannot infect anyone else. With proper medical attention, those with Lupus can lead long and almost normal lives.

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