Lupus, The Most Common Type Of Lupus Essay

1311 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
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 people with it can live relatively normal lives. The cause of lupus is currently unknown, but thanks to the extensive research done we now know that a person’s genes has a lot to do with whether or not they get lupus. However, it is not just one gene that determines a person’s likelihood, but several genes that can determine not only the likelihood, but how severe the disease will be and which parts of the body are affected. Genes are not the only thing that determine whether or not one is susceptible to getting lupus. Scientists have begun studying how the effects of stress, smoking, sunlight, some drugs, and viruses may play parts in a person’s chances of getting lupus. Studies have already proven that the Epstein-Barr virus, a virus which also causes mononucleosis, can cause lupus in those who are genetically susceptible (Fortin, pg. 4). Because…

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