4. Avoid Toxic Chemicals
Environmental pollutants can also trigger episodes of increased inflammation and flareups of SLE symptoms. Studies suggest that several autoimmune diseases may be linked to pollutants in the air or in the workplace. These triggers can be found in the workplace of those who work with chemical irritants or toxins such as silica, pesticides, or heavy metals. Other autoimmune diseases linked to environmental pollutants include Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, and polymyositis.
3. Be Aware of the Air Quality
Air pollutants can also cause flareups of lupus symptoms. If you live in an area where air pollution is of concern, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends paying attention to the air quality index for your area. Stay indoors and avoid heavy exercise or exertion when the air quality is at unhealthy or dangerous levels. According to the EPA, air quality is calculated based on the presence of four types of air pollution. These pollutants include particulate matter, ground level ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide.
2. Avoid Certain Foods
Foods may also cause painful bouts of SLE flareups. According to the Johns Hopkins Lupus Center, garlic can trigger lupus flares due to the presence of three ingredients. These components are allicin, ajoene, and thiosulfinates. These natural chemicals can stimulate your immune system. While that may not be a negative side effect for most people, overstimulation of the immune system in those with lupus may result in painful episodes of fever, rash, pain, and inflammation.