Lupus can be triggered:
• during the menopause
• after childbirth
• after viral infection
• as a result of trauma
• after a prolonged course of some medications
Lupus is often triggered in people where there is family history of lupus and/or other immune system illnesses such as arthritis, MS and rheumatism.
Lupus worldwide is more prevalent than leukaemia, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. Afro-Caribbeans, Asians and Far Eastern races are more prone to having lupus.
Differing environmental factors may also contribute to the initiation of the illness in some patients.
Lupus is neither infectious nor contagious