Monitor your lifestyle: in order to limit the risk of infection, strict hygiene (dental care, skin care, prevention of fungal infections) is very important. In addition, it is necessary to monitor your diet, certain products can cause unpleasant disturbances. In order to live in harmony with yourself, you need to learn to take care of your body, to love yourself in one way or another. Lupus often results in fatigue, which can be permanent or intermittent. In the latter case, work is possible, but it is advisable to provide for the possibility of a rest period.
Living with lupus
Lupus is a chronic disease that can last for years or even decades. In general, the evolutionary pattern alternates between relapses and phases of remission. With any outbreak, specific body systems are affected, and appropriate treatment can calm the lesions. As soon as the relapse is over, treatment should be gradually reduced: it is the transition from initial treatment to maintenance treatment. Treatment reduction should be done carefully to limit the risk of relapse. The aim is to achieve long-term remission with mild and tolerable maintenance therapy. As with any chronic illness, it is important that a patient with lupus receive family, social, and medical support. In particular, it helps to have an attentive family doctor ready for everyday worries and a hospital specialist familiar with lupus who will be able to initiate seizure therapy if necessary and see if a new medical problem is okay from lupus . -up (which may not be the case). It goes without saying that patients should inform themselves. It is better to turn to healthcare professionals who specialize in lupus than to often outdated books, dictionaries, and magazines, and websites.
Currently, no drug can claim to be a cure, but it is quite normal for patients to look for other information that can help counter the progression of lupus disease. A patient association can provide information as it is in contact with the specialist. Doctors of the reference and competence centers for autoimmune diseases including lupus.
Lupus and the Sun
The sun has always been in the spotlight in ancient civilizations. He is the God who gave life to all things. We continue to worship him, standing under his shelves, voluntarily or involuntarily forgetting the damage he can do if we do not take a minimum of precautionary measures.
The sun is a friend or an enemy. We feel the infrared through the sensation of warmth that they give off, but not the ultraviolet that is hidden behind them.
There are three types of ultraviolet rays:
– UVA rays rarely cause sunburn, but their effects are profound and contribute to the premature drying of the skin. You are responsible for certain photo allergies,
– UVB rays cause sunburn, skin aging and skin cancer,
– UVCs are the most harmful to skin cells, but are usually held back by the ozone layer.
Effects of the Sun
Sunburn is an often superficial burn caused by UV radiation on the skin. If moderate, it results in redness with tenderness of the skin and a feeling of abnormal heat that later turns into a tan as the skin tries to protect itself from future attack and produces melanin.
On the other hand, a severe sunburn leads to a painful feeling, to blisters (blisters filled with serum) and, on the other hand, to the death of the cells of the stratum corneum. the skin (peeling).
Too long exposure to the sun can cause a number of more or less serious diseases, such as inflammatory skin diseases, fatigue, fever, weight loss, cancer, tuberculosis.
In a person with autoimmune disease, simple exposure can cause disruption, as ultraviolet light increases the activity of not only skin diseases but internal systemic diseases as well. This applies to all skin types. The sun’s harmful effects on the disease may not be immediate but occur after the summer period.
The best behavior that can be recommended is caution. There is no question that all exposure to the sun and all outdoor sports should be completely and definitively prohibited. In the event of an epidemic, however, exposure to direct (drivers bring arm to door) and reflective radiation (water, sand, snow) should be avoided.