Lupus erythematosus is a group of autoimmune diseases that affects healthy tissues of the body.n this condition, the immune system becomes hyperactive. It is a long-term condition affecting parts of the body like lungs, kidneys, skin, joints, blood cells and heart. One of the most common forms of it is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and it is a very severe form. Some of the symptoms are mouth ulcers, fever, swollen lymph nodes, tiredness, swollen and painful joints etc. In this article, we will look into the lifestyle changes to be made to manage the symptoms of SLE, read on to know more.
Lifestyle Changes To Be Made To Manage Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Symptoms
The lifestyle changes that are mentioned here will not cure SLE but will help in managing the symptoms and thereby improves the overall quality of life of people suffering from it. This will also lower the risk of other complications, as well as aids in striking a balance between physical and mental health.
Quit Smoking: Smoking is a habit that has a significant damaging effect on the body both at the cellular and metabolic level. It alters the cells in the body causing damage to telomeres in DNA, as well as causes, stress on the heart, kidneys and lungs. These reasons combined together can worsen systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) symptoms. By quitting smoking, you can see a difference in the severity of its symptoms.
Avoid Infections: One of the side effects of SLE treatment is that some of the drugs used in its treatment lower immunity and this make people susceptible to infections. So, to avoid such a situation ensure that you have got all your vaccines, your yearly flu shot, your hands are clean, and that you stay away from people suffering from the common cold and wear a face mask as a precaution.
Less Exposure To Sun: People suffering from SLE are more susceptible to sunburn and this can worsen their skin rashes. Therefore, avoid being in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm, wear clothes like a hat, full sleeve shirts and trousers to cover your legs. Above all, apply sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 when going out.
Diet: The food that you eat has a significant effect on the severity of SLE symptoms, it is good to have a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish. This is important, as the disease can also cause digestive issues, blood pressure and kidney problems. Also, omega-3 in the diet will help with lowering the activity of SLE.
These are some of the ways in which you can manage systemic lupus erythematosus(SLE) symptoms through change in lifestyle.