Why do we flare?

Why Do We Flare?

Thousands of people in the US suffer from Lupus. The symptoms and side effects of the disease are often terrifying to individuals recently diagnosed. If you have been diagnosed with lupus you have likely experienced a flare up of the symptoms associated with the disease. To help you better understand why you experience flare ups and what they mean, we have gathered some basic information below explaining what happens in a Lupus Flare.

As an autoimmune disease, Lupus enables you to function properly most of the time. However, from time to time your disease will flare up resulting in severe symptoms that affect your daily activity. These durations of Lupus symptoms are known as a “flare up”. Every individual who is diagnosed with lupus will experience a flare with the disease at one point or another so it is important to understand why we have them and what happens in a Lupus Flare.

What happens in a lupus flare?

Prior to a flare up, your body will send out warnings signals that include the following:

  • feeling overly tired or exhausted
  • running a higher temperature than normal
  • the development of a new rash
  • unusual or more painful aching or joint pain

Once your body sends out these signals you may consciously become aware of the flare up. In general, flare ups result in unexpected symptoms and complications stemming from the symptoms. As an autoimmune disease, lupus can affect any area of the body, and it is therefore important to pay attention to any new symptoms that develop.

Why we flare

Although there are several reasons for flare ups, there are a few basic reasons we flare.

  • Stress, emotional or physical
  • Surgery
  • UV exposure
  • Infections
  • Pregnancy
  • New medications

Technically, this is a disease that spends most of its time in remission, but it can never really be cured. When your body starts to feel weak and your muscles and joints start to ache, it is likely that you are experiencing a flare up. Once you notice these symptoms is important to let your doctor know right away in order to avoid any complications.

Unfortunately, most of us lead stressful lives that cause our disease to flare up. If you wish to avoid flare ups in the future, then take steps to actively reduce your stress levels now and avoid any of the aforementioned triggers for Lupus.


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