What Increases Your Risk
The chances of developing
lupus are higher in people who:
Certain things can trigger lupus attacks. These may include:
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Exposure to ultraviolet light, usually from sunlight.
Smoking. Smoking also may make getting lupus more likely, and make it more severe. Some medicines.
Some infections. Some people who have
cytomegalovirus (CMV), parvovirus (such as fifth disease), and hepatitis C infections eventually get lupus. The Epstein-Barr virus has been linked to lupus in children. Chemical exposure. Suspected chemical toxins include trichloroethylene in well water and silica dust.
Hair dyes and straighteners, linked to lupus in the past, are no longer thought to trigger lupus.
What about hormones?
Hormones, including those used for hormone therapy or
birth control, don't cause lupus. But they may have some effect on it.
Most women don't have symptom flares during
pregnancy, but a few women do when their estrogen levels are high. Although most women who get lupus are ages 15 to 45, when
estrogen levels are higher, a number of women get lupus after menopause, when estrogen levels are low. The hormones in
birth control pills have not proved to be harmful in women who have stable, moderate lupus. Women with lupus that isn't well controlled may choose to use nonhormonal 1 birth control methods. These include a copper intrauterine device (IUD), a condom, or a diaphragm. To learn more, see the topic Birth Control.
Talk with your doctor about whether you should use hormonal
birth control or hormone therapy.
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