Lupus or Lupus Erythematosus (as it is medically known) is a complex condition which is capable of producing a wide range of symptoms. In the past, it was not very well understood and often regarded as a terminal condition. However, in recent times, the advancement of medical sciences has allowed experts a more nuanced understanding of the condition, thereby ensuring more effective treatment and better prognosis as well.

1. Lupus is an autoimmune disease.

Autoimmunity implies an abnormal immune response being produced by the body. An individual suffering from Lupus has a hyperactive immunity which is unable to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy tissues. As a consequence, instead of producing antibodies to counter the action of foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses, it produces autoantibodies without provocation, which then attack healthy tissues in the body. These autoantibodies can then cause many symptoms to appear in the body, ranging from pain and inflammation to other kinds of damage. Simply put, Lupus occurs when one’s own immune system malfunctions and impedes healthy bodily development.

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