Home Treatments for Lupus

Lupus is one of many autoimmune diseases that some people may get. Autoimmune diseases are diseases where the immune system mistakes the sufferer’s own body as a foreign invader and attacks. There are two types of lupus, DLE or Discoid lupus erythematosus which affects skin exposed to sunlight, and SLE, Systemic lupus erythematosus, which affects the skin and vital organs. SLE may also cause inflammation and damage to the connective tissues of joints and muscles as well as kidney disease.

 

What are the symptoms of lupus?

  • Constant, profound fatigue
  • Low-grade fever
  • Severe, unmanageable joint pain and muscle aches
  • Extreme sensitivity to sun
  • Weight loss
  • Mental Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Chest pain when breathing deeply
  • Sores on the mouth, throat or nose
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Poor circulation in the extremities
  • Bald patches
  • Hair loss
  • A butterfly shaped rash on the face over the cheeks and bridge of the nose
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Depression

Living with lupus.

There is no single factor that can cause lupus. Links between genetic, hormonal, environmental and immune factors have all been shown to contribute. You cannot take active steps to prevent it from occurring.

Many people who suffer from lupus live long, relatively healthy lives, but it is important to be mindful of your body. Sufferers may develop kidney and heart disease and should be watchful of the signs for either.

Call a doctor IMMEDIATELY if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden crushing or squeezing chest pain with sweating and nausea.
  • Sudden increase in shortness of breath.
  • Sudden numbness, tingling or paralysis.
  • Sudden vision changes including dimness, blurring, double vision or loss of vision.
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty speaking or being understood.
  • Sudden nausea or vomiting.
  • Sudden severe headache or dizziness, staggering or fainting.
  • Have blood in your urine.
  • Experience depression or changes in thinking or behavior.

How can I treat lupus?

  • Though there is no cure for lupus, home treatments in conjunction with prescribed medications can help to keep flare-ups and symptoms of lupus under control.
  • Try relaxation therapies such as yoga and guided imagery. They may help to reduce pain and improve your quality of life.
  • Try to keep your stress level as low as possible. Make your daily schedule simple, keep obligations to a minimum, delegate, exercise regularly.
  • Since fatigue is a common symptom try to get 12 hours of sleep a night, pace yourself and avoid tiring activities, ask for help, take frequent breaks.
  • Get treatment for any mental health conditions as these can compound the symptoms of lupus.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun. If you must be in the sun cover up as much of your body as possible, and avoid going out when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants as these have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Eat foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, nuts, and olive oil, these can help fight inflammation and help to reduce your risk of getting heart disease which patients suffering from lupus are at increased risk for. Flaxseed and fish oil supplements are also excellent ways of getting extra Omega-3’s.
  • Avoid alfalfa sprouts and products; they have been associated with flare-ups. You should also avoid foods that are high in saturated fats.
  • Lupus medication can weaken the bones and increase the risk for osteoporosis, so eat foods that are high in calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Cut out foods that are konwn to be common allergens such as eggs, wheat, milk, peanuts and corn, then reintroduce after symptoms have disappeared, one at a time every two days.
  • Eat meats rarely and in moderation as protein can be difficult for the body to digest, taxes the immune system, robs the bones of calcium, and weakens the kidneys.
  • Don’t dismiss alternative pain management methods such as acupuncture and massage. These can help relieve the body of pain and improve quality of life.

 

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