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Can lupus be prevented?

There is no effective way to prevent lupus from occurring in the first place. A person with lupus can reduce the incidence and severity of lupus flares by making behavioral and lifestyle adjustments, such as: being knowledgeable and aware of the condition, its symptoms and progression; a regular, ongoing medical monitoring of the condition; avoiding exposure to sunlight by wearing protective clothing such as a hat and long-sleeved shirt (and sunscreen); resting and avoiding potentially fatiguing situations; taking moderate, regular exercise; avoiding infections, and; avoiding cigarette smoke.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 06 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
Rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Category: Lupus

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