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What can I do to control my lupus and prevent flares?

What can I do to control my lupus and prevent flares?

You and doctor: Stress reduction, a healthy diet, routine exercise, and avoidance of excess sun exposure all help to reduce lupus symptoms and flares. If you smoke, you must stop as it is deadly especially in lupus. Speak to your doctor about which medications to avoid. Also ask if you should be on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) which has very few risks but offers significant protection. ...Read more

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Does plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent/slow down organs from being attacked, or just mask lupus symptoms?

Does plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent/slow down organs from being attacked, or just mask lupus symptoms?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): or hydroxychloroquine is actually an antimalarial medication but it is useful in treating inflammation such as found in lupus. It works by shutting off part of the immune system, so it's not really masking the symptoms- it's stopping the disease process in your case. Be sure to have regular check ups while on this medicine, esp eye examinations. That's one of the dangerous side effects 2 look out4 ...Read more

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How dose such a small maintenance dose of prednisone 5 mg daily w/ plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent my lupus flares more than plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) alone? It works great.

How dose such a small maintenance dose of prednisone 5 mg daily w/ plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent my lupus flares more than plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) alone?  It works great.

Can help!: While plaquenyl is a slow acting but effective drug, Prednisone is used in much higher doses in active sle. There are a number of reasons you might feel so much better on a low (5mg) dose: 1.Plaquenyl has not fully kicked in. 2. Arthritis (non-deforming) or arthralgias associated with the disease will have substantial pain relief with a dose this low. 3. You will get a modest energy boost at 5mg! ...Read more

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Can lupus prevent you from getting tan?

See below: One should not be getting tans as when one has lupus as ultraviolet light can trigger flares of lupus. ...Read more

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I have +ve ANA 1/320 and borderline antidsdna. My other tests are -ve and i feel fine. My cousin has lupus.How can I prevent it from happening to me?

I have +ve ANA 1/320 and borderline antidsdna. My other tests are -ve and i feel fine. My cousin has lupus.How can I prevent it from happening to me?

You can't: The ANA has no clinical significance unless the clinical picture is consistent with lupus. The presence of the ANA does not increase your risk of developing lupus in the future. A borderline dna also means nothing. ...Read more

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I have lupus and have had the shingles twice in 4 years. Are there any precautions I can take to prevent?

I have lupus and have had the shingles twice in 4 years. Are there any precautions I can take to prevent?

Zoster or simplex: You should see a doctor and confirm if you have shingles(herpes zoster) or a fever blister(herpes simplex). If you have had shingles it is unlikely it will continue to recur. Having the disease is like being vaccinated and is generally protective. There are oral medications that can be taken to prevent a recurrence. ...Read more

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Had a stroke due to lupus anticoagulant. How do I prevent another one?

Had a stroke due to lupus anticoagulant. How do I prevent another one?

Blood thinner: If it is confirmed that antiphospholipid syndrome (lupus anticoagulant is part of it) caused your stroke, then blood thinner such as warfarin (coumadin) may be of benefit. You need to consult a neurologist to make sure it is a right choice. ...Read more

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