Lupus | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets lupus?

Lupus can affect anyone, but it is more common in women between the ages of 15 and 44. African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women are more likely to have lupus than people of other races.

 What causes a flare?

 Flares are often caused by triggers, such as the following:

  • Not enough rest
  • Overwork and stress
  • Too much sun exposure, or exposure to fluorescent or halogen light
  • Infection
  • Injury
  • Stopping your lupus medicines
  • Certain medicines

If you learn to recognize that a flare is coming, you can take steps to prevent it and better prepare yourself to cope with the symptoms.

Written by editorial staff.

American Academy of Family Physicians

Created: 04/10