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Thursday, May 10, 2012

National Lupus Day 2012



I get asked all the time, "What is Lupus?"  So in honor of World Lupus Day, I went straight to the source!


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). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.


Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better). Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.


Find out ways to raise awareness, by checking out the Lupus Foundation of America.

1 comments:

estela said...

Here is a very informative website. Please take a look at it and if you consider it so, please add us a link in yours.
www.fibromyalgiahandbook.com

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