Smart Moves

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.

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