Lupus

**AKA, Systemic lupus Erythematosus***

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Meaning that the immune system can't determine whether tissue is healthy or sick.

What are common symptoms?

Some symptoms of Lupus are:

-joint pain, stiffness or swelling

-a rash on the face that covers the cheeks and the bridge of the nose

-photo-sensitivity

-fingers and toes turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods

-head aches, confusion or memory loss

-fatigue and fever

-chest pain

How do people inherit Lupus?

People may inherit a gene that increases or decreases the risk of Lupus, but most of the time they don't inherit the condition its self. Not all people who inherit Lupus actually show the condition. In rare cases, Lupus can be inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, which means that both copies of the gene in each cell have mutations. The first described genetic link to Lupus was chromosome 6, which contains lymphatic white blood cells.

Life expancy

The life expectancy for people that have lupus are expected to live a normal life. Back then people were expected to die young.