Systemic lupus erythematous

  • Disease of the immune system that affects the entire body
  • Symptoms may include tiredness, butterfly-shaped rash on face, muscle pain and joint pain
  • Cause unknown
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but most common in females of childbearing age
  • May be mild to severe
  • Can be life threatening

  • Avoid smoking
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Wear sunscreen year-round and wear protective clothing
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Track what triggers flare-ups and try to avoid them
  • Decrease your level of stress where possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for help using relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, stretching and tai-chi

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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