Essay on Lupus: Immune System and Lupus Ermis Castillo

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Lupus is a short name for a disease called “Lupus erythematosus”. Lupus is called an “autoimmune” disease because the immune system which usually protects the body from disease, turn against the body causing harm to organs and tissues. It’s not known what causes the disease. Different people can get different symptoms. These symptoms may include skin rashes, joint pain, hair loss, sun sensitivity, tiredness, and weight loss, fever, swelling of lymph glands, chest pain, and nerve involvement. Lupus occurs when your immune system attacks healthy tissue in your body. Lupus can also be genetic. Exposure to the sun may bring lupus skin lesions. Having an infection as well can initiate lupus. It can be triggered by certain types of medications such as anti-seizure medications, blood pressure medications, and antibiotics. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many areas of the body. It can cause serious kidney damage. Kidney failure is one of the leading causes of death with people with lupus. Kidney problems may include itching, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and leg swelling. The brain also be affected by lupus, some symptoms include headaches, dizziness, behavior changes, hallucinations, and strokes or seizures. Lupus can also lead to blood problems, including anemia and increased risk of bleeding or blood clotting. Having lupus can make breathing painful if there is an inflammation in the chest cavity. It can also make you more susceptible to pneumonia. Lupus can also cause inflammation in the heart muscle. Treatment for lupus depends on the signs and symptoms that a person has. Over the counter