Which lifestyle changes should be encouraged in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

Updated: Aug 04, 2021
  • Author: Christie M Bartels, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Answer

Instruct patients with SLE to avoid exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet light. Also, encourage them to receive nonlive vaccines during stable periods of disease, to quit smoking, and to carefully plan pregnancies.

For patient education information, see the Lupus Health Center.

See also the American College of Rheumatology’s patient fact sheets for SLESystemic Lupus Erythematosus in Children and Teens, and Antiphospholipid Syndrome.


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