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What is the proper lupus care?

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As of 2014, Mayo Clinic states that proper lupus care includes using sunscreen of SPF 55 or higher and wearing protective clothing while being exposed to the sun. Getting plenty of rest and not smoking also help to manage lupus.

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Lupus is a lifelong autoimmune disease, and its cause is unknown, as of 2014. Mayo Clinic explains that exposure to sunlight and taking anti-seizure or blood pressure medication can make people vulnerable to lupus. When lupus is caused by a certain medication, symptoms often disappear after the medication is stopped.

According to WebMD, certain viruses have been linked to causing lupus. People who suffer from hepatitis C and cytomegalovirus, a common herpes-type virus, often find themselves infected with lupus at some point.

It is often difficult for a doctor to diagnosis lupus as the symptoms are similar to other disorders. Mayo Clinic states some of the symptoms of lupus include fatigue, joint pain, chest pain, skin lesions that appear when exposed to the sun, headaches and memory loss. Those who are at higher risk for developing lupus include females, people of African descent and people between the ages of 15 to 45. WebMD states nine out of 10 people who have lupus are women.

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