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Living with Lupus

Social Media, Chronic Diseases, and Lupus

Living with Lupus

Vitamin C, the Immune System, and Lupus

Vitamin C has many vital functions in the body, but how does it effect...

Day-to-Day Living

Steroid Tapering, Health Benefits, & Lupus

The best daily steroid dose for lupus can change. Strategic dosing is an important...

Living with Lupus

Lupus Type 1 and Type 2: Symptoms and Treatment Distinctions

When considering treatment options for Lupus Warriors, clinicians should focus on key symptoms. These symptom groups, coined Type 1 and Type 2, manifest from different biological activity. Systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, is the most common type of lupus. SLE is usually what people mean when...

Living with Lupus

Immunosuppressive Drugs: Strategies for Staying Healthy

Immunosuppressive drugs reduce the activity of the immune system. They are vital for controlling severe cases of lupus that do not respond to other medications. But, they also leave the body susceptible to infection. The immune system is a little bit like gate security at a...

Day-to-Day Living

The Weather and Lupus Symptoms

The old myth of achy joints predicting the weather? More true than we know. Changes in the atmosphere can trigger symptoms and flares for people with rheumatic diseases, including lupus. Both studies and patients report that the weather and atmospheric conditions can have an...

Q&A Forum

Q&A Forum: Social Media & Lupus

Current world events have led to more isolation and less social interaction. Tools like social media have become a powerful source of information, research, and communication, especially as a way to learn more about health and wellness. Check out this month's Q&A Forum! Social media has become an integral...

Living with Lupus

Protect Yourself: Preventing Infection & Lupus

A suppressed immune system can leave you vulnerable to infection – but there are many ways to protect yourself. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system - which is supposed to protect the body from disease - is turned against it instead....

Day-to-Day Living

Celiac Disease, the Immune System, and Lupus

Many Lupus Warriors also have celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that manifests as an abnormal sensitivity to gluten. The two diseases can be intertwined – with one’s symptoms affecting the other.  Having a sensitivity to gluten is a common experience. Gluten is a protein found...

Q&A Forum

Q&A Forum: Environment, Weather, & Lupus Symptoms

The environment can have an immense impact on your lupus symptoms. Factors, such as smog, pollen, air pollution, and change in the weather, can cause flares or increased symptoms. We ask Lupus Warriors how environmental factors have impacted their lupus symptoms. Check out this month's Q&A Forum! Changes in weather, pollutants,...

Living with Lupus

An Overview of the Human Immune System

The immune system protects the body from infection and disease. However, for people with lupus, this system misbehaves and begins attacking the body's own cells The immune system is a complex and multi-organ system. It's a complex organization that we don’t fully understand. Both disease-specific and...

Exercises

Good Exercises for Lupus Warriors

Exercise is vital for people with lupus – but many workouts that you can find online can be too intense. Start with the basics and do what you can – but definitely do some exercises! It will be worth it. Exercise keeps the body healthy in a...