Lupus is a disease that afflicts up to 1.5 million Americans today. Lupus is a disease that can flare up as well as go into remission. It can take the entire range from a mild case to life threatening. It is not a contagious disease in that you cannot catch it from anyone, but it is an autoimmune disease. As such, lupus cannot tell the difference between the foreign invaders that attack your body's tissues and and normal healthy body tissues. Lupus can cause pain, inflammation, and damage to various parts of your body.
Lupus is most common in women of childbearing age, from age 15 up to the age of 44. However; men, children and teenagers can also be stricken with the disease. Women of color are two to three times more likely to be stricken with lupus, but people of all ages and all races are not immune to the disease. The Center for Disease Control reports that over 16,000 new cases are reported in North America annually.
If you or someone you know if in the last stages of lupus, they should be under the care of a doctor on a regular basis. Drugs prescribed by a doctor can help to ease the pain but cannot cure the disease.