Lupus: Immune System and Dr. Sergio Schwartzman

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An autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own healthy cells, lupus has no known origin. While its symptoms are primarily recognizable, they can often mimic other diseases, thereby delaying accurate diagnosis. Joint pain, poor circulation and a telltale rash are just three of myriad symptoms indicative of lupus, a disease that inevitably impacts major organs by way of compromising the body's defenses, as well as through invasive steroid treatment that weakens bones. Lupus tricks the body into thinking there is an enemy that needs to be attacked; at this point, the body loses sight of an enemy cell and its own healthy cells, effectively eradicating all cells. Because the body cannot readily differentiate between good and bad cells, it sets off on a killing frenzy until the haywire antibodies secure themselves to antigens, creating autoimmune problems. It is believed that over five million people throughout the world have a form of Lupus. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age. However, Men, children, and teenagers develop Lupus too. More than 16,000 new cases of Lupus are reported annually across the country Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body such as skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body. Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues and creates auto antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These auto antibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Systemic lupus is the most common form of lupus, and is what most people mean when they...
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