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There is no cure for lupus. Specific treatment for lupus will be determined by your physician based on:
Your age, overall health, and medical history
Extent of the condition
Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, and therapies
Expectation for the course of the disease
Specific organs that are affected
Your opinion or preference
If lupus symptoms are mild, treatment may not be necessary, other than possibly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) for joint pain. Other treatment may include:
Hydroxychloroquine, quinacrine, chloroquine, or a combination of these medications
Corticosteroids (to control inflammation)
Immunosuppressive medication (to suppress the body's autoimmune system)
Liberal use of sunscreen, decreased time outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and wearing hats and long sleeves when outdoors, as about one-third of persons with lupus have the tendency to develop a rash in the sun
Rest, including at least eight to 10 hours of sleep at night; naps and breaks during the day
Immediate treatment of infections
Children with lupus should not receive immunizations with live viruses, including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), and oral polio vaccines. Consult your child's physician regarding all vaccines.