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Why is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune illnesses occur when your body's own immune system, which is supposed to fight off anything foreign (not self), starts attacking your own body. In lupus, your immune system forms pristine called antibodies, which fight your own cell proteins. Other chemical messengers in your body may not be working correctly.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease because it causes your immune system to attack good tissue in your body as well as bad tissue. Typically, your immune system creates antibodies that only fight diseases and other damaging substances in the body. If you have lupus, your body generates a great number of antibodies that act irregularly, killing important and vital tissue. The result is inflammation in many parts of the body, including your skin, joints, organs, and blood vessels. For this reason, lupus is also called a chronic inflammatory disease.

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