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Is Lupus Hereditary?

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Lupus is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the immune system attacks the body's own tissues instead of just foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. Although it's not fully understood what causes autoimmune diseases like lupus, it is thought that there are two components: genetic predisposition and environment.

Genetic predisposition


If the genetic predisposition exists in a person, then lupus can be triggered. It is thought that environmental causes like disease, drugs, or viruses can trigger lupus.

Environmental Lupus Triggers:

Who is at risk for Lupus?

There are some factors that can increase your chances of developing lupus.

What are the symptoms of lupus?

Since the symptoms can be tricky, Lupus is usually a very difficult disease to diagnose. Lupus has many symptoms, and they do not all occur in every patient. Often, symptoms associated with lupus can be mistaken for other diseases, or the normal aches and pains of aging. Additionally, there are four different varieties of lupus: systemic (meaning throughout the body), cutaneous (affecting the skin only), drug-induced, and neonatal.

Common lupus symptoms:

If you have more than one or two of these symptoms, you might have lupus, and you should see your health practitioner immediately.



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