diagnosed with lupus in Feb Questions

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Date Joined Jan 2017
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   Posted 3/20/2017 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with lupus in Feb and I have a couple of questions. my hair is starting to fall out and my eyelashes have fallen out. i notice that if Im in the sun for the afternoon the next day I have a flare. If I get very stressed I have a flare. the stress and the sun usually give me bad enough flares that I have been hospitalized. Is this normal for lupus. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Dustmite.

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   Posted 3/20/2017 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, many Lupus patients find that the sun, or even florescent lights, cause disease reactions - rashes, inflammation, fevers, etc. Big box stores such as Walmart cause me to immediately become stressed, grouchy, achy and tired.

Often Lupies use sun-protective clothing like that offered by Coolibar, UV Skinz, and others. SunGuard offers a product you put in the wash to add sun protection to your regular clothing. Hats and umbrellas! You can get a Dr's order to get darker-than-normally-legal sun tint on automobile windows.

Stress of any kind can also cause Lupus to act up. It's good to remain as low-stress as possible. I find that if I keep my food, exercise, and sleep fairly steady, I am more capable of withstanding other kinds of stresses that come my way.

Best wishes!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
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