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Lupus makes maintaining immunity doubly difficult

Lupus makes maintaining immunity doubly difficult

Strengthening and maintaining one's immune system is important for everyone, but for lupus patients, it's not only vital to keeping the disease under control, it's very tricky. The immune systems of lupus patients already are working in overdrive and have less ability than uncompromised immune systems to battle infections and illnesses of daily life, said Dr. Chaim Putterman, chief of rheumatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Medications used to dampen the overactive immune systems of lupus patients also may make those people more susceptible to infection, Putterman said. Lupus patients, therefore, may have an...

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