Lupus episodes are usually referred to as flares. This is when signs and symptoms of the disease get worse. They will usually improve after a while or even disappear completely for a time. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms which appear in lupus episodes are:
- Fatigue and fever
- Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
- A butterfly-shaped rash which appears on the face and covers the cheeks and the bridge of the nose
- Skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure
- Fingers and toes that turn white or blue
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Dry eyes
- Headaches, confusion, memory loss
A person with lupus does not have to visit their doctor every time they experience lupus episodes. They should, however, see their doctor when they experience an unexplained rash, an ongoing fever, and persistent aching or fatigue. Depending on what symptoms arise, the doctor could treat your lupus with a number of medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anti-malarial drugs, corticosteroids, or immune suppressants.
Home Remedies for Lupus Episodes
There are a number of home remedies that can be used to reduce the severity of lupus episodes and flares. According to HomeMadeMedicine.com anti-inflammatory herbs can be very helpful. Some of the herbs the website recommends for reducing inflammation in lupus episodes are:
- Pine bark extract, 50 milligrams twice a day
- Grapeseed extract, 50 milligrams twice a day
- Turmeric, 300 milligrams three times a day
- Reishi mushroom extract (to enhance immunity), 1 gram three times a day
You should also keep a watch for any foods that may be worsening the disease and eliminate them from your diet. Wheat and chocolate are two foods which may bring about lupus episodes. Plants in the nightshade family, such as tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are known to make flares worse too. Do not take the herb Echinacea in any type of autoimmune disease, as it stimulates the immune system. You should also avoid alfalfa, alfalfa seeds, and alfalfa sprouts; these also stimulate the immune system. Also, always remember that fats and oils promote inflammation, so it is best to eliminate them from your diet as well.
Keeping a diet which is low in calories and fat and limits the amount of beef and dairy is recommended by Homemademedicine.com. Instead eat plenty of green vegetables, chicken, and fish. Oily fish such as salmon or sardines are said to fight of inflammation and cause the skin to heal more quickly. Finally, be sure to drink eight glasses of pure water every day, whether you are experiencing lupus episodes or not.