Lupus is chronic and unpredictable.
But you can control the lifestyle choices that you make—and these choices often can make a big difference in your outlook and how you feel.
Here are a few smart moves:
- Get plenty of rest and actual sleep, which is when the body repairs itself. Make this a habit both during flares and remissions.
- Exercise to increase joint flexibility, improve muscle tone, build bone strength, and promote a sense of well being. Keep at it both during flares and remission.
- Use sunblock every single day—even when it’s cloudy. Avoid the sun between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- If rashes persist, check with your doctor about possible medicines to use.
- Find ways to minimize stress, which may make lupus worse. Support groups, counseling, talking with friends, family, and doctors can be helpful.
- If your fever goes above 100 degrees F, call your doctor.
- Get regular checkups, which usually include blood and urine tests.
- Ask questions. And when in doubt, call your doctor.
- Report any side effects or new symptoms quickly; help your doctor know when a change in therapy might be needed.
- Eat a well-balanced, healthy, and nutritious diet.