Lupus is an autoimmune illness, where an individual’s immune system falters, and attacks healthy tissues, rather than viruses and bacteria. Normally, the body creates proteins, referred to as antibodies. These antibodies fight and protect the body against diseases, however lupus makes it difficult for the body to categorize between healthy cells and antigens. The end result: swelling, inflammation, and pain. Lupus can attacks a person’s vital organs, like their kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and the brain.
While lupus is not contagious, doctors and researchers have struggled with what the underlying cause (or causes) of the disease may be. Some do believe there may be a list of factors that may contribute to lupus.
We’ve compiled the 10 most common signs of the lupus virus:
One cause of lupus is genetics; as it does seem that a factor of this disease is it can be hereditary. While people can develop the illness, with no prior family history of the disease; there is also a good chance that if you do have lupus, someone within your family has it, or there is some form of autoimmune disease within your family tree. It’s important to note, there are also cases where the disease is apparent in the family, but not passed down to other members. It also seems that Hispanic, Asian, African, Native Hawaiian and Native American individuals seem more susceptible to developing the illness, again potentially because of the common genetics that are shared.