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What is Lupus?
Systemic lupus erythematosus (also called lupus); It is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the immune system fights by targeting its own tissues and organs. Lupus can involve many organs and systems, including skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. It can be difficult to diagnose because there may be signs of involvement of many organs and systems in lupus. Since it causes many complaints and symptoms in a very wide spectrum and can mimic many diseases; lupus by doctors is also called the “great imitator.. The most distinctive finding of lupus is a butterfly-like skin rash (malar rash) extending from the nose to the cheeks; this is mostly, but not all, lupus. Most patients have fatigue, skin rash, arthritis and fever.
Lupus and its medications can cause dramatic hair loss and thinning. The remaining hair has become extremely brittle. Unlike alopecia, the remaining hair can grow very slowly. Hair loss with this disease can also be permanent. Unfortunately, two separate cases of lupus may not even be alike.
What are the causes of lupus?
The immune system (immune system) is the defense system of our body. It protects us from foreign germs and cancer by producing certain proteins (such as immunoglobulin) or through cells. In the lupus, the immune system shows heresy, and when the body fights against its cellular structures, inflammation and damage of many organs and systems arise. What caused this is unknown. However, as in all autoimmune systemic connective tissue diseases, lupus is associated with an abnormal immune response as a result of the interaction of environmental factors (infections, sunlight, drugs, toxins, etc.) with the appropriate genetic structure of the individual.
Who has lupus?
Although lupus can be seen at any age, it usually starts in the 20s and 30s. In women, 10 times more than men. Although the disease occurs in all races, it is more common in Blacks, Hispanics and Asians, and is more severe.