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 science has allowed experts a more nuanced understanding of the disease, thereby ensuring more effective treatment and a better prognosis, as well. Furthermore, science is discovering new treatments and methods to reduce lupus symptoms and help people living with the illness live full, active lives. Lupus doesn't have to limit your life, but you'll need to carefully follow the advice of the medical professionals who care for you.
Autoimmunity produces an abnormal immune response in the body. An individual with 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, the body produces auto-antibodies without provocation, which then attack healthy tissues in the body. The auto-antibodies can cause many symptoms to appear, ranging from pain and inflammation to other kinds of damage and discomfort. Simply put, Lupus occurs when one's immune system malfunctions and impedes healthy bodily development.
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