How do we identify and treat flares in people who have systemic lupus erythematosus?
There are things that people can do to decrease them from occurring.
There are things we can do to get them under control when they do occur.
The YouTube video below is the perspective of two rheumatologists who treat lots of lupus patients. They also hint about new lab tests that are just around the corner that can help predict lupus flares before they even happen. The immune system of lupus patients becomes more active before the person knows that a flare is going on.
Also, make sure to click on the Lupus Foundation's Flare Plan site and download their flare plan as a practical way to monitor and report flares to your physician. Have a plan in place before you flare.
Comment below about how you prevent lupus flares.
What symptoms do you have during a flare?
What have you found to be effective in getting your flares under control?
If you have had SLE for a long time, what do you wish you would have done differently after first diagnosed to help prevent flares?
- Don Thomas, MD