What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic (marked by long duration or frequent recurrence) inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, including joints, skin, kidneys, and blood. Lupus is in the class of autoimmune system illnesses. In a healthy body, the immune system normally makes antibodies to protect against bacteria , viruses, and other foreign materials (called antigens). In an autoimmune illness such as lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues. When this happens, the immune system begins making antibodies against it's own body. These antibodies are called autoantibodies and react with the antigens to form immune complexes. These immune complexes build up in the tissue.
There are 3 Types of Lupus