Lupus Erithematosus (Lou Pus Arith-thee-ma-toe-sus) is an auto-immune disease that affects a high percentage of women. An auto-immune disorder is when somehow the body mistakenly thinks that some part of itself is a foreign invader and begins to attack the body’s healthy cells to rid the body of what it thinks is the intruder.1 Most people produce a substance in their bodies which is called an antibody, which help our bodies fight against harmful infections and substances which attack our bodies. When a person has Lupus, these antibodies attack the healthy cells in their body, often making them seriously ill. There are many different types of Lupus affecting mostly adults and occasionally children. The most common type affecting adults is known as Systemic Lupus Erithematosus or SLE which we will explain in this article. Lupus can affect various parts of the human body causing serious health problems.

Other forms of Lupus include: one type that can cause a serious, permanent rash; another which causes sores as a result of being in the sunlight, and a form which is caused by taking some types of medications. A rare, uncommon form of Lupus is found in newborns.

What Causes Lupus?

At this point the scientific community has not found the cause of Lupus although much research is devoted to finding a cause, and hopefully a cure. A common theory is that Lupus may be caused by various different factors, which affect the human body. While Lupus can affect men, women and more rarely, children, the majority of those with Lupus are women. It is particularly more prevalent in African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women.

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