By Calvin Wong 9.2

Facial rash of Lupus infection, Wikipedia

Basic Profile:
Scientific name: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Common name: Lupus / SLE
Caused by: N/A
Infects: Everywhere of human
Found: Everywhere
Kills: N/A

The immune system is built to detect any viruses in our body, such as bacteria. It creates antibodies to fight them off. However, lupus is an autoimmune disease which controls over our immune system making it produce antibodies to attack our body's cells itself.

Lupus had been around with people for many centuries. It is and was not fully discovered, but there had been symptoms of this diseases recorded in books since the Classical Period (1750 - 1820). It was until the 20th century when scientists have finally found what the disease do, attacks the immune system. Scientists still do not know what causes this disease but there are many theories / hypotheses to its production, some of the factors are: genes, sunlight, stress, hormones, cigarette smoke, certain drugs, and viruses. Moreover the cure for the disease is still unknown / unavailable.

Since Lupus is an autoimmune disease, it is hard to calculate which part of the body(s) may be attacked by the antibodies. In most cases, it harms the heart, joints skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidney, and nervous system. Some examples include:
● The Skin - Approximately ⅔ of the people who suffer from Lupus has skin problems. Skin disease can cause rashes and mostly appear in sun contactable places such as: the face, ears, arms and legs. Most patients who still go under (UV) sunlight will find their disease made worse.
● The Nervous system - There are a few parts which Lupus can affect your nervous system, the Central nervous system (CNS), Peripheral nervous system (PNS), and the Autonomic nervous system (ANS). There different parts of the nervous system all have its own system / things which it controls. The CNS consists of the brain and spinal cord, the PNS is a network nerves which gives signals to sensation and movement, and the ANS which allows communication between the brain to the body such as controlling breathing, blood flow and heart rate. If any of these nervous system are infected then you would loose the opportunity to use its functions.

Most symptoms formed by Lupus could last forever if not treated properly or in time which could maybe lead to death. If the symptoms are treated early, there are chances which Lupus may be cured / stopped.

Cure / Death
The number of deaths on this disease are usually incorrect or even not recorded because deaths of Lupus are usually recorded into other kinds of categories such as heart attack or heart disease. For instance, kidney failure would be written onto the death certificate instead of renal failure because of Lupus infection. This is because the disease of Lupus can infect many parts of the body so the person would die from complications of the disease, not Lupus.

Since the symptoms of Lupus are vary from one person to another, the treatment of the disease is based on the problems the person suffers from. Contacting a doctor would be the first and most effective option for all patients. Today, doctors use a variety of medications to treat patients who suffer from Lupus, however it could take months or even years to find the right medicine to keep the Lupus symptoms under control. Aspirin is the most commonly used medication because it has pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory, and anticoagulant (blood-thinning) properties which could control some of the symptoms of Lupus. All of the medication given are need to be taken regularly to prevent the symptoms from getting worse until it is stopped.

Exercising, diet / nutrition, avoiding smoking and flu are all great ways to prevent / treat Lupus. Faithfully, Lupus is not infectionous and will not be spread.

Interviews with people who had Lupus