Q:

How is lupus spread?

A:

Quick Answer

Lupus is a chronic disease of the immune system that is not contagious. It can be triggered by various environmental factors, and there seems to be a genetic predisposition to the disease, but as the Lupus Foundation of America explains, it cannot be transmitted from person to person even with close contact.

Know More
How is lupus spread?
Credit: CMSP Custom Medical Stock Photo Getty Images

Full Answer

Lupus develops unpredictably in each patient and can be very difficult to diagnose. No known pathogen is responsible for the disease, and the only sense in which it "spreads" is vertically from parents to children through genetic inheritance. Many people with a family history of lupus never develop symptoms of the disorder, while others suffer outbreaks that range from mild to life-threatening, notes the Lupus Foundation of America.

According to Mayo Clinic, lupus outbreaks can be triggered by exposure to sunlight, inflammation that triggers an exaggerated immune response and certain medications. Medication likely to trigger lupus includes various anti-seizure drugs, blood pressure treatments and some antibiotics. Often, patients who show symptoms after beginning a course of these medications report that most or all of their symptoms go away after they stop taking the drugs. Despite the research done into lupus, much of the time, the environmental trigger that causes the disease to flare up remains unknown.

Learn more about Conditions & Diseases

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Is lupus deadly?

    A:

    According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, lupus is potentially fatal although it's usually limited to affecting a person's quality of life. Lupus is an auto-immune disorder characterized by its preference to attack the body's joints and connective tissues. Organs, such as the brain, kidneys and heart, are also targets.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is diabetes type 1?

    A:

    Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that usually appears during childhood or the teen years in which the pancreas doesn't produce insulin, states Mayo Clinic. Type 1 diabetes can sometimes occur in adults too.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Is there a cure for polymyalgia?

    A:

    Polymyalgia is a chronic disease, which means that it has no cure, according to Medscape. Regular treatment involves a course of corticosteroids, which may provide relief for up to a year and place the patient into remission, states Mayo Clinic.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the symptoms of lupus?

    A:

    The primary symptoms of lupus include fatigue, joint pain and skin rashes, according to WebMD. These symptoms can occur in a range of severity and often become worse during flare-ups of the disease. When the disease is in remission, patients may not have any symptoms, states WebMD.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore