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Treatment Options for Lupus

Treatment Options for LupusLupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases occur when the body’s immune system attacks the body instead of invading bacteria and infections. It can cause a wide variety of symptoms and no two patients with it have the same symptoms and experience. We need to learn to treat Lupus Rash naturally.

Although there is no cure for Lupus, there are treatment options. Since Lupus is different for every person affected by it, doctors must base the treatment off of their patient’s symptoms. The following are some of the most common drugs and medications used to treat Lupus.

1. Since Lupus causes inflammation, doctors may use NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammation drugs) such as Aleve and ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and pain throughout the body or area(s) affected.

2. Antimalarial drugs are another medication used to treat and control Lupus. Although this medication was intended to treat malaria, it was found that it also helped control the immune system for those fighting Lupus.  Here is a look at how this works.

3. Corticosteroids fight inflammation caused by Lupus. Used as a fast-acting steroid, this group of drugs quickly helps with some of the painful side effects caused by the inflammation Lupus creates. This group of drugs can cause many side effects that are long-term and may cause damage to the body, especially when coming off of them quickly.

4. Immunosuppressants may be used in cases where Lupus is extremely active and harder to control. It works by suppressing the immune system so that it stops attacking the body. Because it suppresses the immune system, it has its disadvantages as well as advantages. While it slows the immune system’s attack, which helps with pain and inflammation in Lupus patients, it also weakens the body’s ability to fight infections. This may lead to increased risk of infections, illnesses, and cancer, making it more dangerous to take.

Lupus may also affect the skin. To protect their skin from the sun, people with Lupus may apply sunscreen frequently and wear more clothing to cover their skin. Home remedies, such as cod liver oil, baking soda, and olive oil may be used drugs, and steroidal creams may also be used to soothe skin rashes.

Aside from the physical treatments, if someone you love has Lupus, let them know they are loved! Be their support, and show them you care. Sometimes, that makes all the difference.

Many continue to be affected by the terrible condition, so we hope for continued medical advancements, and maybe one day in the future a cure!