How can I care for someone with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

If you are caring for someone with systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, learn everything you can about the condition. The more you know about SLE, its symptoms, and its complications, the better equipped you will be to help.

Encourage the person to talk to you about their systemic lupus erythematosus symptoms and about what causes symptoms to flare. Encourage them to talk to you about how they are feeling each day, so that you can help them cope with symptoms and prevent flares. Make sure they eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, avoid cigarettes, and use sun protection at all times. Help the person manage their stress and encourage them to forge connections with others who suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus.

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