What are the treatment options for lupus?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Just as the symptoms and severity of lupus varies from person to person, so do the treatment options. The goal of treatment is to improve quality of life. The type of symptoms and their strength dictate the treatment chosen. Since lupus is an autoimmune disease, immunosuppressant drugs are used to suppress the immune system. Pain and anti-inflammatory medicines treat joint pain and swelling around joints or organs. Anti-malarial drugs have been helpful in treating symptoms. Rashes are treated with corticosteroid creams. When fatigue is an issue, health providers try to find the cause for the fatigue - such as pain, depression, or trouble sleeping-before determining treatment. If symptoms are more severe, then stronger medications are used.

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