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is lupus infectious or contagious?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No: Sle (lupus) is an auto-immune disorder in which a person's immune system is reacting strongly against parts of his own body. Sle is not infectious and not contagious. It is believed to be partly genetic or familial (some people may be genetically more likely to get sle) and partly environmental (something happens in a person's life that sets off the auto-immune reaction).
Answered on Dec 10, 2014
Dr. Dennis Jerome
50 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Neither: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in other words your immune cells are causing inflammation in your your tissues and organs. It is not contagious but does occur in families related to genes but you do not catch it from another individual like you would a cold or influenza.
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