What is a flare?
When lupus symptoms appear, it’s called a “flare.” Symptoms may come and go. You may have swelling and rashes one week and no symptoms at all the next. You may find that your symptoms flare after you’ve been out in the sun or after a hard day at work.
Even if you take medication for lupus, you may find that there are times when the symptoms become worse. Learning to recognize that a flare is coming can help you take steps to cope with it. Many people feel very tired or have pain, a rash, a fever, stomach discomfort, headache, or dizziness just before a flare. Steps to prevent flares, such as limiting the time you spend in the sun and getting enough rest and quiet, can also be helpful.
Tips for Preventing Flares
- Learn to recognize your body’s indicators that a flare is coming
- Set realistic goals and priorities for yourself
- Limit time in the sun
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Develop and practice good coping skills to minimize stress
- Get enough rest and quiet
- Get regular, moderate exercise
- Develop a strong support system
- Talk with your doctor