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One would think that aids or cerebral pals would be the most common disorders
but their not. No one ever hears anything about lupus but its more common in people
then aids, cerebal palsy, multiple sclerosis, sickle-cell anemia, and cystic fibrosis
combined. The L.F.A (Lupus Foundation of America) research data show that between
1,400,000 and 2,000,000 people have been reported to have been diagnosed with lupus.
(Lahita 1) In some cases, lupus is mild and only affects a few organs and the skin. In
other cases, it is very serious and is even life threatening. Thousands of people die each
year from Lupus or Lupus related complications.

Their are three different types of Lupus. They all are autoimmune disorders yet
they affect humans in different ways. Discoid Lupus Erythematosus is a severe skin
disorder. Discoid lupus is limited to only the skin. This type of is identified by a rash
that appears on the face, neck and scalp. One of the most common rashes appear on the
nose and cheeks, itís called a butterfly rash. Another type of Lupus is, Systemic Lupus
Erythematosus. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is usually more severe than Discoid
Lupus. Systemic Lupus can affect almost every organ in the body. Most of the time or
some of the times Discoid lupus will progress into systemic Lupus. For some people, it
only the joints and skin. In others, the joints, blood, kidneys, lungs or other organs or
tissues can be affected. Last of all, Drug-induced Lupus, which occurs after taking some
certain prescribed drugs. Many of the symptoms of drug-induced only four percent of
people who take hydralazine or procainamide will develop the disease.

Life as a teen living with Lupus would be difficult. Living with the
embarrassment of the butterfly rash all over the face. Facing the torture and teasing of
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the cruel kids. Sports would not be an option, a teen with Lupus, their bones would be so
fragile and their joints, lungs, and other organs can affect the performance and ability to
participate in the activity, unless permitted my the doctor.

The cause of Lupus is completely unknown. Scientific research shows that the
cause involves environmental and or genetic factors. Environmental factors triggers the
cause of Lupus, long term exposure to the suns rays can cause Discoid Lupus. Lupus is
known to occur in families but their is no known gene that carries Lupus. ď Statistics
show that only about five percent of children born to individuals with Lupus will develop
the illness.Ē ( Academic American 1 )

ď Lupus is often called a womenís disease, disspite the fact that many men are
affected.Ē ( Collierís Encyclopedia 1 ) Lupus occurs in men and women, more frequently
it occurs in women. Lupus can develop in any sex, at any age, any where. Itís known to
develop in women ten to twenty times more than it does in men. Why is it that is it that it
develops in women more then it does in men? Their is no know reason that lupus is
likely to develop in women over men.

A person as a teen that has a parent with lupus would have a slim chance of
developing the disease. Teens or anyone living in a sunny area would have a high risk of
getting Discoid Lupus because of how the rays of the sun affect the skin. Teens living
with Lupus would oftenly get sick because diseases and viruses passing through schools
regularly. If a teen has Lupus they would catch it cause of the affect Lupus has on the
immune system. Also teen would have to go without a tan that comes from the tanning
bed, same reasons as the environmental affect.
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Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which causes inflammation in different parts of
the body. The human body immune system produces proteins called antibodies that
protect the body against foreign substances. When the body acquires Lupus, it loses the
ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues, so it
attacks the body good material. These antibodies are called auto-antibodies, which fight
itself. After so long of the auto-antibodies fighting itself, it causes a immune complex
build up. The immune complex builds up on tissues and can cause inflammation and
pain.

Although Lupus may affect any part of the human body, numerous people with
Lupus acquires symptoms in only few organs. ninety-five percent of people with Lupus
experience achy joints (arthralgia). Eighty-one percent experience prolonged or extreme
fatigue. Forty-five percent develop butterfly shaped rashes across the cheek and