How can you manage lupus?
One of the goals of controlling mild to moderate lupus symptoms is to prevent flares. You can:
- Rest to reduce stress.
- Avoid the sun. Wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you are outside.
- Exercise regularly to prevent fatigue and joint stiffness.
- Stop smoking.
- Watch your symptoms. If they seem to be getting worse, take steps to control them. For example, if your fatigue, pain, or rash gets worse, it may be a sign of a flare.
With good self-care, most people who have lupus can keep doing their regular daily activities.
It is important to learn about lupus so that you can understand how it might affect your life and how you can best cope with it. Also, help your family and friends understand your limitations and needs when your symptoms flare. Build a support system of family, friends, and health professionals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about lupus:
- What is lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE)?
- What causes it?
- What are the symptoms?
- What increases the risk of getting lupus?
- What happens with lupus?
- Can it be prevented?
- What is the treatment?
- Are medicines used to treat lupus?
- Is surgery used?
- Are there steps I can take at home to treat lupus?