Your treatment will be tailored to control symptoms and slow the damage to your organs. Medications can help -- but so can stress reduction and a healthy lifestyle.
Your treatment will depend on how severe symptoms are, whether organs are involved, and if your daily life is affected.
Cardiovascular disease, which can be caused by high blood pressure, is the leading cause of death in those with lupus.
Most people with lupus take an antimalarial drug to control symptoms and also to prevent blood clots and organ damage.
Although there’s no cure, many drugs can treat symptoms caused by inflammation in lupus and even prevent permanent damage.
One of the newer treatments for lupus, called monoclonal antibodies, enlists your immune system to fight the disease.
Corticosteroids usually work quickly to relieve pain, rashes, and swelling caused by lupus. But they have many side effects.
Before you have joint replacement surgery for lupus arthritis, you may try weight loss, physical therapy, and meds first.
Lupus treatments can fail, for almost as many reasons as there are therapies. People react differently to a treatment.
Here are a few of the latest lupus treatment approaches that have been recently approved or going under clinical trials.