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Skin rashes are a common symptom of lupus.

Skin rashes are a common symptom of lupus.
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Living with lupus

Having lupus may mean making key decisions about your lifestyle.

Most people with lupus, with effective treatments and the decision to follow a healthy lifestyle, are able to manage the disease and enjoy a good quality of life.

The lifestyle that works best for people with lupus includes:

  • getting plenty of rest
  • avoiding and managing stress
  • regular moderate exercise (without becoming too tired)
  • avoiding triggers such as to much time in the sun and always using sun protection
  • taking note of things in your diet that may trigger a flare up, such as alfalfa, tomatoes, potatoes or corn. It is important to eat a healthy diet containing all of the food groups
  • avoiding contact with people with infections
  • quitting smoking, if you smoke
  • drinking alcohol in moderation, if you drink.

Other ways to manage lupus include:

  • being well informed about lupus
  • working closely with your treating doctors
  • always taking your medications as instructed
  • joining a support group .

Last reviewed: November 2016

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