If you have Lupus Disease or a condition that predisposes you to lupus, there are certain foods and medications that you should avoid.
(1) Sunlight: People with Lupus Disease should avoid the sun, since sunlight can cause rashes and flares. Some people are more sensitive to sunlight than others, but all people with this disorder are advised to be cautious when they are outside. Of course, it would be impractical to completely avoid going outdoors
(2) Bactrim and Septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Bactrim and Septra are antibiotics that contain sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. They are grouped as “sulfa” antibiotics because they contain a substance called sulfonamide. Bactrim and Septra are often prescribed for bacterial infections, especially urinary tract infections. They are also sometimes given prophylactically (i.e., to prevent infection), especially in people taking immunosuppressive medications.
(3) Garlic: Scientists believe that three substancs in garlic—allicin, ajoene, and thiosulfinates—rev-up your immune system by enhancing the activity of white blood cells, particularly macrophages and lymphocytes. Scientists also believe that the sulfur components of garlic help to prevent and suppress cancer in the body. For this reason, garlic is often used as a supplement to combat colds and infections. Unfortunately, the enhancement of immune response is counterproductive in people with autoimmune disease such as Lupus Disease, because their immune system is already overactive.
(4) Alfalfa Sprouts: Alfalfa sprouts contain an amino acid called L-canavanine that can increase inflammation in people with Lupus Disease by stimulating the immune system. As a result, people with Lupus Disease and similar autoimmune conditions should avoid alfalfa sprouts completely.
(5) Melatonin and Rozerem (ramelteon): Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in your brain that regulates other hormones in the body that control how your body reacts to daily patterns of light and dark. Melatonin release is suppressed during the light hours of the day and stimulated by dark, helping you stick to patterns of nighttime sleep and daytime wakefulness. As a result, melatonin is often used as a sleep aid over other medications.
(6) Echinacea: Echinacea is often used as a dietary supplement to boost the immune system against colds and other illnesses. However, because Echinacea boosts your immune system, it may cause flares in people with autoimmune diseases such as Lupus Disease. In fact, Echinacea supplements sold in Europe bear warning labels that advise against use by people with autoimmune diseases. As a result, people with lupus and other autoimmune diseases should avoid these supplements. In general, it is important that you speak with your physician before taking any new medications or supplements.