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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

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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)
  • work out what triggers your lupus so you can avoid it. Common triggers include being stressed, too much sun, having a cold or eating foods like alfalfa, tomatoes, potatoes or corn
  • eating 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 medicines as instructed
  • joining a support group

Last reviewed: August 2018

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