Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - Topic Overview
Because corticosteroids are powerful medicines and can
cause serious side effects, the doctor will recommend the lowest dose that will
give the most benefit.
The doctor may also recommend other
medicines that slow down the immune system.
One of the goals of
controlling mild to moderate lupus symptoms is to prevent flares, the times
when your symptoms are worse. Some of the other things you can do
- Rest to reduce stress.
- Avoid the
sun. Wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you are outside.
Exercise regularly to prevent fatigue and joint stiffness.
- Learn the warning signs of a symptoms flare, such as
fatigue, pain, and rash, and take steps to control them.
With good self-care, most people with 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. Develop a support system of
family, friends, and health professionals.
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