Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack and inflame otherwise healthy tissues and organs. Lupus can cause inflammation of the linings of the lungs (pleurisy), leading to pain and lung damage. This type of inflammation may make it difficult to breathe and is more noticeable when sneezing, laughing, coughing, or taking a deep breath. Between 40 and 60 percent of people with lupus experience pain from pleurisy. Lupus also makes a person more susceptible to developing pneumonia.
- Q Does lupus run in families?
- Q What increases my baby's risk for neonatal lupus?
- Q What are the side effects of the medications for lupus?
- Q What precautions should I take if I'm on anti-malarials for lupus?
- Q Why are women more likely to develop lupus than men?
- Q How does lupus affect the kidneys?