Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that leads the immune system to recognize healthy tissue as a threat and attack it in the same way it would attack bacteria or viruses. Lupus can affect the skin, joints, and organs and has no cure. As such, treatment focuses on managing individual symptoms and usually depends on the part of the body the disease is most affecting and the severity of symptoms. Lupus may go into remission from time to time, but individuals often find flare-ups are life-long. Researches are always searching for more information about the causes of lupus.
90% of individuals with lupus are female, leading researchers to analyze genetic differences between men and women. Researchers have yet to find the link between lupus and female genetics. Research continues, however, and scientists are getting closer every day to determining the link.
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