Facts About Lupus
- Lupus is not contagious. You cannot "catch" it from another person.
- Lupus is not a form of AIDS.
Causes of a Flare
It is not always possible to know precisely what triggers a flare. Some common precipitating events include:
- Exposure to sunlight
- Emotional stress
- Not taking medications as prescribed
Signs and Symptoms of a Flare
Common warning signs of a flare are:
- Feeling more tired
- Pain in the chest or joints
- Stomach upset
Prevention of Flares
Not all flares can be prevented, but positive steps can help avoid flares.
- Take all medications as prescribed.
- See a rheumatologist on a regular basis to adjust medications for lupus.
- Limit exposure to sunlight.
- Reduce the risk of infections.
- Get the influenza vaccine.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- When possible, exercise moderately.
- Don't smoke.
- Develop healthy coping skills and a good support system.