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When symptoms appear, it's called a "flare." These signs may come and go. You may have swelling and rashes one week and no symptoms at all the next. You may find that your symptoms flare after you've been out in the sun or after a hard day at work. Even if you take medicine for lupus, you may find that there are times when the symptoms become worse. Learning to recognize that a flare is coming can help you take steps to cope with it. Many people feel very tired or have pain, a rash, a fever, stomach discomfort, headache, or dizziness just before a flare.
Take steps to prevent flares:
Learn to recognize that a flare is coming.
Try to set realistic goals and priorities.
Limit the time you spend in the sun.
Maintain a healthy diet.
Develop coping skills to help limit stress.
Get enough rest and quiet.
Exercise moderately when possible.
Develop a support system by surrounding yourself with people you trust and feel comfortable with like family and friends.