Essay on Lupus : An Autoimmune Disease

1470 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
One of the most prevalent, yet rarely spoken of, diseases in America is lupus. There are many different types of lupus, but this paper focuses on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Lupus currently has no known cause, but it does have something to do with a person’s genes. There are a wide variety of symptoms that vary from person to person from type to severity. This can cause proper diagnosing to take many tests over possibly many years. It can cause major damage on the body’s major organs if not treated properly with anti-inflammatories and sometimes clinical trial drugs. People of all race, gender, and age can get lupus, but those most likely to contact the disease are women, especially women of color, between the ages of fifteen and forty-four. New research is being done every day in an attempt to discover not only the causes of this disease, but a cure.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects many parts of the body. Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system begins doing the opposite of what it is supposed to do, meaning that it does not recognize the body’s cells and begin attacking them as if they were invaders. There are different types of lupus and this paper will cover Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, the most common type of lupus. Despite being such a common disease, lupus is difficult to diagnose due to the fact that its symptoms mimic other diseases. On top of that, there is no known cure for lupus, but there are ways to keep it under control so that the…

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