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  1. Lupus Victoria Maidon and Lauren Pavone

  2. What is Lupus? • Chronic inflammation and body damage • 90% of all people affected with lupus are women aged 15-45 • Not infectious or cancerous

  3. How is it autoimmune? • Cannot fight off bacteria or viruses • The body hyperactively attacks its own tissues and organs

  4. Symptoms • Pain • Fatigue • Butterfly rash on cheeks and nose • Fever • Swelling in hands and feet • Hair loss • Anemia • Abnormal blood clotting

  5. Treatment • Pain medication (ex: naproxen and ibuprofen) • Antimalarial drugs • Corticosteroids to counter inflammation • Immune suppressants (in extreme cases)

  6. Types of Lupus • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): most common form • Discoid: only affects the skin • Drug induced: a reaction to prescription drugs to control hypertension • Neonatal: mother passes autoantibodies to fetus and the baby gets rashes, blood, and heart problems

  7. Works Cited • Couldihavelupus.gov • Goeshealth.com • Images.catholic.org • Images.rheumatology.org • Lupus.org • Mayoclinic.com • Medicalnewstoday.com • Network.londonbridgehospital.com