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How can toxins trigger lupus?

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Research shows that being around certain chemicals -- including cigarette smoke, mercury, and silica -- could be linked to lupus. But nobody has been able to prove a direct connection.

If you work in an industry where you're exposed to mercury and silica, talk to your doctor. And it's always a good idea to quit smoking.

From: What Causes Lupus? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Casiraghi, C. , 2013. Future Virology

Johns Hopkins: "Causes of Lupus."

Lupus Foundation of America: "Are pollution or toxic chemicals related to lupus?" "Can hormones trigger the development of lupus?" "UV Exposure: What You Need to Know," "What are the risks for developing lupus?" "What causes lupus?" "Which medications cause drug-induced lupus?"

Mak, A. , September 2014. International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Medscape: "Drug-Induced Lupus Erythematosus."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Casiraghi, C. , 2013. Future Virology

Johns Hopkins: "Causes of Lupus."

Lupus Foundation of America: "Are pollution or toxic chemicals related to lupus?" "Can hormones trigger the development of lupus?" "UV Exposure: What You Need to Know," "What are the risks for developing lupus?" "What causes lupus?" "Which medications cause drug-induced lupus?"

Mak, A. , September 2014. International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Medscape: "Drug-Induced Lupus Erythematosus."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2018

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