Lupus- An Autoimmune Disease

compiled by Julia Beery

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means that your body is trying to fight off sickness, but it doesn’t do it in the right way. The antibodies fight your healthy cells by creating autoantibodies (cells that attack your antibodies). In the case of lupus, it is not even caused by a germ.

Types of Lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE):
  • most common form of lupus
  • can affect skin, joints, tendons, brain, heart, lungs, and kidney
Skin/cutaneous lupus:
  • skin disease- rashes on face, neck, scalp, and ears
  • two types: discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) & subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE)
  • DLE causes scars
  • SCLE does not cause scars
Drug-induced lupus:
  • caused by reaction to medicine
  • goes away after the person stops taking that medicine