Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Is Lupus Contagious?

May is Lupus Awareness Month.
I'm writing a series of posts this month in an effort to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about lupus:

"Is lupus genetic?" (already posted: )
"What is Lupus?" ( )
"How is Lupus Diagnosed?"
"What are the signs of lupus?"
"Is there a lupus blood test?"
"What causes lupus?"
"Is there a lupus diet?"
"Is there a lupus cure now, or on the horizon?"
"What are the available lupus treatments?"
"Why did this happen to me?"
"Who gets lupus?"
"Are there any celebrities with lupus?"

and today's topic:
"Is Lupus Contagious?"

(If you have a topic or question you'd like me to write about this month regarding lupus that isn't on this list, please put it in the comment section and I'll do my best to write something helpful and informative).

I could make today's post very short:
Is lupus contagious? No.

If you don't believe me, then ask Dr. Yazdany:

By answering "Is lupus contagious?" in depth, I'd be getting into the "what causes lupus?" topic.
According to the book The Autoimmune Epidemic (not a light read but a well-researched one), lupus, and autoimmune disease in general, has increased 300% in the last few decades. But only in industrialized nations. Not in the "poorer" countries that don't have our lifestyles. Yes, autoimmune disease is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. But it is not contagious.

Doctors are coming to believe it's a combination of genetic tendency and enviromental factors that create autoimmune diseases.

"Is it contagious?" is my least favorite question to be asked, because I feel like a leper when people ask me that. Here are the top 10 things I found most annoying to be asked, especially when I was first diagnosed:

From the book

See you on the next post. And please post in the comments section any questions (or annoying things people say) that I forgot to mention. Or anything else you'd like to add.

Well wishes!

Carla Ulbrich

The Singing Patient: Author, Health Speaker, Humorous Songwriter and Entertainer

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