Systemic lupus erythematosus has several other names – disseminated lupus erythematosus, SLE, lupus or lupus erythematosus. But whatever you call it, it is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the skin, joints, muscles, kidneys and other organs.
In systemic lupus erythematosus patients develop antibodies that target tissues within their bodies instead of foreign cells. It is the immune system gone wrong and attacking it’s own body instead of bacteria and viruses. Systemic lupus erythematosus is more common in women who are between 20 and 40 years. It is also most common among blacks and asian populations.
Within systemic lupus erythematosus there is a component that affects the skin called discoid lupus.
The precise reason for SLE is unknown but researchers theorize a number of potential causes including ultraviolet light, genetics, viruses and drugs. Some scientists believe that the immune system of some patients are more sensitive to the ultraviolet rays, …