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While providing discharge instructions to a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the nurse should include which of the following statements:

Explanation

• SLE is an autoimmune disease that can affect almost any organ

• People with SLE have an increased risk of infection, so any increase in temperature should be reported to the doctor

• People with SLE have persistent fatigue, and it's important that they have adequate sleep and make time for naps if needed

• Ultraviolet light can exacerbate symptoms leading to a flare-up. Sun block and covering the extremities can help

• Incorrect: Corticosteroids should never be stopped abruptly

• Incorrect: Intense exercise may cause fatigue and increase muscle pain

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