Can Lupus be Cured?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for lupus. Lupus, however, can be treated. There are medical treatments and other natural treatments available to patients.

Treatment for lupus focuses on managing the symptoms that are present and the organs that are attacked. The most common treatment prescribed for lupus are corticosteroids and antimalarials. Statins, immunomodulators like cyclophosphamide and methotrexate, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents like ibuprofen and naproxen are some of the medical treatments available to patients depending on the severity of their symptoms. Non-medical treatments involve the controlling triggers for lupus. Patients are strongly advised to avoid exposure to UV light, cigarette smoking, silica, solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals. Alcohol consumption is also prohibited for lupus patients.

Other treatments are continuously explored. Supplementing diets with vitamins like vitamin D, C, E, and B6 have shown satisfactory results. New medical treatments like immunoglobulins, plasma exchange, and stem cell transplants have worked for patients with severe symptoms and have not responded to conventional methods. Future drugs are also being tested that target the cells involved in the development of the disease like B cells and T cells which are responsible for fighting the body’s invaders.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/lupus/facts/detailed.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3898893/

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/332244-medication

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4965307/

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