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Treating and Managing Lupus

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Managing Lupus

The best way to keep your Lupus under control is by following your treatment plan and taking care of yourself. These steps can help:

  • Be physically active to help ease the pain.

  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods including fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

  • Avoid smoking.

  • Know your family history.

  • Take medications as directed – even if you don’t feel sick.

  • Limit exposure to sun – wear sunscreen.

  • Get plenty of sleep.

  • See your doctors regularly.


What are Lupus Flares?

The times when your symptoms get worse and you feel sick are called flares. Lupus flares most often have warning signs. You can help prevent flares or make them less severe if you can spot the warning signs and get treatment quickly. 

Common triggers include:

  • Overwork and not enough rest.

  • Stress.

  • Being out in the sun or having close exposure to fluorescent or halogen light.

  • Infection.

  • Injury.

  • Stopping your Lupus medicines.

  • Other types of medicines.