Treatments for lupus have improved dramatically in variety and in effectiveness in recent years. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can attack the body in many ways and therefore the treatments for Lupus must be tailored to the individual patient. The purpose of lupus treatments is threefold: the prevent recurrences of symptoms, called flares; to effectively treat flares when they do occur; to minimize the damage to organs and other tissues caused by flares.

Treatments for lupus commonly include the use of drugs. The two most common drugs used as treatments of lupus are corticosteroids, which rapidly suppress inflammation, and antimalarial drugs, proven very effective in treating joint pain, lung inflammation, skin rashes and fatigue. Regular use of antimalarials has been shown to reduce the incidence of flares and can be used as a preventative.

Mild or remittent cases of lupus may not require any drug treatment. For others Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) may be used to treat all the common symptoms including pain, fever and swelling.

In severe cases of lupus, treatment may take for form of immunosuppressive or immunomodulating drugs. These drugs suppress the immune system, reducing the effectiveness of the disease. This may allow a reduction in the dose of corticosteroids.

 

Lupus Natural Treatments: what are they?

 

Natural treatments for lupus, many people find, are just as effective in preventing and treating flares. A diet high in carbohydrates, low in fat that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vegetables and fruit has been shown to reduce joint pain and swelling. Since lupus sufferers must reduce sun exposure, vitamin D supplements are also quite helpful.

Many people also find that yoga and breathing techniques, along with self-hypnosis and meditation are effective alternative treatments for lupus.

 

What are the New Lupus Treatments?

 

In addition to the complimentary alternative medicine (CAM) treatments for lupus, there is a new drug in the field of new treatments for lupus. On November 16, 2010, the FDA approved Belimumab (marketed as Benylsta) to treat lupus. In lupus, blys (a naturally occurring protein) attacks the patients’ own organs and tissues. The new drug binds to the protein, preventing it from doing any damage. Most patients on this drug reported significant reductions in symptoms.

 

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