The 411 on Lupus

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  • Understanding Lupus
  • What Is Lupus?
  • Types of Lupus
  • What Are the Symptoms?
  • Risk Factors
  • What Causes Lupus?
  • African-Americans and Lupus
  • How Serious Is Lupus?
  • What Are the Complications?
  • Is There a Cure?
  • Black Celebs With Lupus

What Is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on the skin, joints and organs. Normally, one’s immune system fights off infections by creating antibodies to protect from such “invaders” by attacking them. Yet with lupus, your immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy tissues or invaders, so they attack everything including healthy tissue.

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