Treating Lupus

While there is no cure for lupus, there are a number of things you can do to reduce flare-ups and minimize organ damage. The key to treating lupus is a definitive diagnosis, but that can be tricky since there isn't one test to diagnose the condition.

To treat lupus, there are several lupus medications and some lifestyle factors that can be employed. The first are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which include over the counter pain medications. In addition, anti-malarial drugs are often used to treat lupus, as they can help with the fatigue, rashes and joint paint caused by it.

For more aggressive forms of the condition, steroids are prescribed, such as in the case when there is liver damage due to lupus. Steroids work quickly, but can have side effects if used for prolonged periods.

In this video, Dr. Preeti Parikh further discusses how to treat lupus, including the various symptoms someone with lupus may have and what kind of treatments could work for them.

Dr. Preeti Parikh

This video features Dr. Preeti Parikh. Dr. Preeti Parikh is a Board-Certified Pediatrician with special interests in preventive medicine, advocacy and patient education.

Duration: 03:56.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, Dr. Mera Goodman . Review date: January 14, 2017
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