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

"Get adequate rest."
"Monitor your temperature."
"Wear sunblock."


• 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: Oral corticosteroids are not to be taken PRN or stopped abruptly.

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

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