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What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that triggers inflammation in different tissues of the body. Autoimmune disease occur when your immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign invaders (like the cold and flu viruses) and your body’s healthy tissues and it attacks the healthy tissue. This causes inflammation (redness and swelling) and pain.
While Lupus has no cure, a doctor or healthcare provider can provide a treatment plan for you.
Who’s at Risk?
Lupus affects mostly women of childbearing age. However, men, children, and teenagers develop Lupus also.
People of all races and ethnic groups can develop Lupus. However, Lupus is more common and more severe in African Americans.
It is not known why Lupus is more common in African Americans, but certain hormones and environmental factors may play a role in the development of Lupus.
For more information please visit, https://www.lupus.org/resources/lupus-facts-and-statistics.