Other good health habits that will help protect you
- Regular exercise.
- Education about
lupus and self-care.
- Not smoking. Studies show that smoking makes
symptoms worse in people with lupus and may decrease the effectiveness of some
medicines. Experts suggest that people with lupus avoid all tobacco
- Eating a
healthful, balanced diet.
- Regular dental
- Regular eye examinations by an
- Developing a support
system of family, friends, and health professionals.
Some people with lupus are sensitive to antibiotic drugs
called sulfonamides (sulfa drugs). These include Bactrim, Septra, and many
others. Your doctor can prescribe drugs that do not contain sulfa, if
If you have lupus and are a woman in your childbearing
years, pay special attention to
pregnancy-related concerns, both before conceiving and
while pregnant. Most women with well-controlled lupus can take birth control
pills if they choose that method of birth control, and for most women lupus
will not interfere with becoming pregnant or with pregnancy. But some women
with lupus, especially those with active disease, are at higher risk of
complications with pregnancy. All women of childbearing age should check with
rheumatologist when they are planning to become
Home treatment and regular checkups are sometimes
sufficient for managing mild lupus or for periods of
remission. Be sure to have your doctor monitor your
condition on a regular basis. These regular checks are important to detecting
and treating progressive organ damage.
It is important that the
people in your life understand what lupus is, how it affects your life, and how
you can best cope with it. Help them understand your limitations and needs when
your symptoms flare. Support groups are great places to learn coping strategies
from others. For information about support groups, see the Other Places to Get
Help section of this topic.