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05-03-2002, 07:04 AM
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, there are 4 types of Lupus:
1. Discoid Lupus: confined to the skin, characterized by lesions (rash) on neck, scalp, cheeks and other areas of the skin exposed to ultrviolet light. The rash is raised, scaly and red but not itchy.
2. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)- may cause inflammation in numerous parts of the body with skin and joint involvement as well as the kidneys, central nervous system, multiple organs and the blood
3. Drug-Induced Lupus: caused by certain prescribed durgs that create lupus similar to SLE. However, it rarely affects the kidneys or the central nervous system. The drugs most commonly involved are - hydrazaline, procainamide, qunidine, pencillamine and asonaizid.
4. Neonatal Lupus: this term is used to describe three major symptoms found in newborns - rash, abnormal blood platelets, anemia and other abnormalities and rareley, congenital heart block.

11-07-2002, 08:49 PM
Is Lupus contageous?
How would I contract it, or tell symptoms of Lupus?

11-08-2002, 05:01 AM
Here they are JAMESRON41....hope this helps


11-08-2002, 08:11 AM
Lampbody; No, Lupus IS NOT CONTAGIOUS, nor is it sexually transmitted. It is primarily genetic. Most Lupus patients have a first-degree relative with some sort of autoimmune disorder (thyroid disease, insulin-dependent diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis etc.) The most common early symptom of Lupus is the butterfly rash on the face which looks like a wolf bite (Hence, the name LUPUS) and kidney disorders. It is thought that viruses may be the trigger which kicks off Lupus, this fact is still being studied.
Since Lupus symptoms mimick so many other disorders (arthritis, chronic fatigue, vasculitis etc.) it is called "The Great Imposter" and it is very difficult to diagnose. Unfortunately, there are no definitive answers to your questions, but I hope that I have been helpful!