Lupus outbreak varies from mild to severe. Whenever a new outbreak occurs, new symptoms may appear. Recognizing the warning signs before an outbreak occur may help prevent the outbreak or make symptoms less severe. Many people with lupus have certain symptoms just before an outbreak, such as: tiredness, pain, rash, fever, stomach pain, headache, dizziness.
Visit your doctor often, even when symptoms are not severe. These visits will help you and your doctor: be alert to changes in symptoms, predict and anticipate outbreaks, change the treatment plan as needed, detect side effects of treatment. Women with lupus can and do have healthy babies.
There are a few things to consider if you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant:
- Most women with lupus have a healthy pregnancy.
- Pregnant women with lupus should see their doctors often.
- An outbreak of lupus can occur at any time during pregnancy.
- To receive treatment immediately during an outbreak can keep the mother healthy.
- Physicians can help prevent outbreaks.
It is also important to find ways to deal with stress caused by lupus. Exercise and other forms of relaxation can make it easier to cope with the disease. A good social support system can also help. This support can come from family, friends, community groups or doctors. Many people with lupus are very useful support groups. As well as providing support, participating in these groups can help you have more confidence in yourself and stay positive.
(Source: Braunwald, E. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Eleventh Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987)
What are some lupus outbreak symptoms treatments?
The purpose of the treatment plan is to prevent outbreaks, deal with outbreaks when they occur, reducing damage to organs and other secondary problems. Treatments may include medicines for reducing the swelling and pain, preventing or reducing flares, reducing immune system activity, preventing or reducing damage to joints.
If NSAIDs don’t help relieve lupus outbreaks, a doctor may suggest the use of corticosteroids, such as prednisone. These drugs can work more effectively than NSAIDs in decreasing the outbreaks’ symptoms. Patients can take corticosteroids by mouth, intravenously or via injection.
A dual strategy, with separate treatments for outbreaks and remissions, may be useful. Fasting on water and lemon juice and resting during fever or severe inflammation can reduce the antigenic load on the gut and promote elimination of immune complexes. Mild heat-clearing herbs might also be appropriate, while all tonics should be discontinued during such a period. For milder outbreaks, a light diet or modified fast, especially from potentially allergenic foods, might be useful.
Alternative treatments might include natural therapies and will depend on the type and degree of the disease. Ask your doctor about alternative natural treatments.
(Source: Cahill, M. Professional Guide to Diseases. Springhouse, Pennsylvania: Springhouse Corporation, 1998)