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Lupus is a noninfectious, inflammatory disease of the Skin and connective tissue in which an individual?s Immune System attacks the body?s own substances. In lupus erythematosus, antibodies are produced against the individual?s own nucleic acids and cell organelles, causing tissue Inflammation and cell damage. It has two presentations, either systemic or discoid.
Systemic lupus erythematosus is a disease of the blood vessels and connective tissues, characterised by remission and exacerbation. It affects the joints, Skin and other body organs. Mild or severe, it causes irreversible damage to the blood vessels and kidneys. Discoid lupus is the milder form, affecting only the Skin. It derives its name from the Rash that often develops on the cheeks, giving the sufferer the appearance of a wolf (lupus).
A mild case of systemic lupus erythematosus may require little or no treatment. For more severe forms, aspirin and other analgesics for Pain, cortisone and other steroids for Inflammation and antimalarial drugs may be prescribed.
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