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What happens if you have lupus?

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Doctors don't know exactly what causes lupus. They think genetics, hormones, and your environment may be involved.

Your body’s immune system protects you from bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders that can make you sick. But if you have lupus, your immune system also mistakenly attacks and damages your body's own tissues, too. Diseases that do this are called autoimmune diseases.

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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