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Treatment for systemic lupus should be specific to the needs and symptoms of each individual, which will ideally include a lifetime of monitoring. Ongoing medical supervision is not only essential for proper diagnosis, but will also ensure that proper treatment changes are made. The main goals for physicians in treating persons with lupus are to prevent flare-ups, treat them when they occur, and minimize complications. To accomplish this, medicine is often prescribed depending on which organs are involved and the severity. While medication will help treat some of the symptoms, another universally accepted treatment is rest. Since fatigue is one of the most common symptoms experienced by people with lupus, rest is essential. Some suggestions include coupling strenuous tasks throughout the day with rest and using labor saving devices, such as rolling carts. Medical supervision, medications, and rest are all necessary elements of a treatment plan for persons with lupus.


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