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Living with Lupus

Voclosporin: A New Lupus Medication?

Medications

An Overview of Common Lupus Medications

Lupus Warriors use many types of medications to treat lupus and its...

Q&A Forum

Q&A Forum: Staying Active and Engaged

Staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic can be difficult. How are Lupus Warriors staying...

Diet

Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP) for Lupus

The foods we eat impact how our bodies (and autoimmune systems) function. The Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP) may help reduce lupus inflammation & flares. But, research is still limited. These days, it seems like eating well is more complicated than ever. You have to buy the right foods,...

Day-to-Day Living

Hygiene Practices, Cleanliness, and Lupus

Good hygiene, the practice of keeping yourself and your living space clean, is an important part of remaining healthy. These days, it's absolutely essential for everyone, including Lupus Warriors. Hygiene comes from the Greek word “Hygieninos” which translates roughly as “healthful.” The word also is related to Hygia, the...

Living with Lupus

NSAIDS, Pain Management, & Lupus

NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation in people with lupus. In fact, about 80% of Lupus Warriors include the medication as part of their treatment plan. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or NSAIDs, work by blocking Cyclo-oxygenase enzymes, also known as COX enzymes. These enzymes...

Day-to-Day Living

Tattoos and Lupus: Is There a Risk?

Tattoos are a part of many cultures and en vogue these days. But, what are the potential risks for Lupus Warriors? Tattoos are a permanent image on the skin formed by injecting and embedding tiny particles of pigment into it. These particles are suspended in...

Federal Assistance

Disability Benefits, Supplemental Income, and Lupus

Disability benefits and supplemental security income (SSI) can act as a financial “safety net” for people with severe symptoms of lupus. Lupus brings large bills for medications, treatments, and lab tests. It also makes it harder to work full time. The financial realities of living with lupus can force choices...

Living with Lupus

Prednisone, Corticosteroids, and Lupus

Prednisone is a corticosteroid that can reduce the symptoms of lupus. However, it comes with several severe side effects, making it a challenging medication to manage. Lupus Warriors are likely familiar with prednisone, or its brand name Rayos. It is the most commonly prescribed corticosteroid to help people with...

Health Insurance

Health Insurance for Lupus Warriors | Q&A Forum

Finding the perfect health insurance plan when living with lupus can be difficult. It requires research, analysis of personal health needs, & an understanding of risk tolerances. For this month's Q&A Forum, Lupus Warriors share their personal experiences choosing health insurance. Finding the right insurance to encompass your lupus...

Day-to-Day Living

Coronavirus and Lupus | Things to Know

Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory disease related to the common cold. Although most healthy people do not need to worry about the disease, people with lupus should be careful. This disease has been in the news lately, and COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus disease 2019) may well be...

Living with Lupus

Kratom, Pain Management, and Lupus

Some Lupus Warriors use kratom, an herbal supplement, to relieve pain, anxiety, and get through the day. However, the risks may not outweigh the benefits. Kratom (Mytragyna speciose) is a plant native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Paupua New Guinea. The "leaves contain compounds...