Recognizing Flares and Coping with Lupus

Dr. Katz joins Dr. Rodgers to discuss how people with lupus can cope with flares.

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DR. RODGERS: If you have lupus, you probably have many questions.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Lupus isn’t a simple disease with an easy answer.

My colleague, Dr. Stephen Katz, director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at NIH, explains:

DR. KATZ: Even if you take medicine for lupus, you may find that there are times when your symptoms get worse. This is called a “flare.” Knowing that a flare is coming can help you take steps to cope with it.

Many people feel tired or have pain, a rash, a fever, or dizziness just before a flare. Don’t spend time in the sun. As well, getting enough rest can help prevent flares.

Talk to your doctor when you have a flare. Your doctor may want to make changes to your care to manage these times.

DR. RODGERS: For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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