As we’ve figured from my previous two posts, lupus is certainly a condition that no one is happy to have. So far, one of the few things we can do to lessen the patient’s irritation is to provide them with constant support. And what better way to show that you care for them than by buying some thoughtful gifts for people with lupus?
We currently have no proven cure for lupus, so if you’re diagnosed with lupus, you might have to live with it for the rest of your life. For lupus sufferers, there’s no moment that they can stop worrying about their condition. They won’t be able to handle alcohol like we usually do, or go through changes of climate without flaring. A life that’s ‘normal’ for us can actually be something unfamiliar for them.
Thus, in order to give lupus sufferers the best present, you want to think of something that’ll make their life more comfortable. These are some gift ideas that I’d like to share. I really hope that they will give you an idea of what kind of gift a lupus patient would appreciate.
Let’s check them out:
Clothes For People With Lupus
Sun Protection Clothes
Lupus patients are known for being more vulnerable to sunlight than usual. Their sensitivity to the UV rays in sunlight – known as photosensitivity – can make lupus flares more active. This causes rashes on the skin, joint pain, and other symptoms if the patient is exposed to sunlight for a long time.
Thus, clothes that can protect the skin from UV rays will be the perfect gift for lupus patients. Even with the proper application of sunscreen, they can give the person a physical barrier from the sun, and are definitely more efficient. The combined use of both sunscreen and SPF/UPF clothing is absolutely necessary to prevent flares.
There is a very wide range of sun guard clothing, therefore you don’t have to worry about not being able to find a suitable item.
Anyone with lupus will be very much grateful for clothing items that are soft to the touch, so as not to irritate their skin. And what is better than wearing a T-shirt that spreads awareness about the condition, while staying completely comfortable? You can check out some encouraging lupus awareness shirts from some online stores. This will help bring the disease to the attention of our community and advocate a better understanding of the condition.
Do you know that one-third of lupus patients might suffer from Raynaud’s Phenomenon as well? This is a syndrome that affects your blood circulation, making body parts such as fingers and toes change color under sudden change of heat or mental state. The patient will experience numbness, pain, or difficulties in moving certain areas.
The best way to fight Raynaud’s is to keep your body warm all the time, especially your hands and feet. Therefore, apparel that can heat up these parts of the body will be of great service.
You can check out some thermal gloves and socks that can insulate the body warmth. What’s more, there are heated items such as these slippers or feet heating pads. This is certainly a very thoughtful gift for people dealing with lupus and Reynaud’s at the same time.
Sleeping Eye Masks
For lupus patients with sleeping problems and fatigue, you can give them eye masks that will put them to sleep with ease. The quality of slumber is very important for the patient, so choose a mask that can block out the light while giving their eyes gentle massages.
Aiding Gadgets For People With Lupus
Essential Oils And Oil Diffusers
Not only do essential oils do wonders for chronic pain sufferers, but they will also lessen the stress and pain caused by lupus flares. Choose oils that have pain relieving effects such as ginger or basil, or scents that will help the patient relax like lavender and chamomile. These will provide them with both better sleep and a better mood.
Even though this is on the more expensive side, there’s no doubt that a good massager will aid the joint and muscle pain that goes with lupus. There are many massagers that will target different joints, for example, neck, shoulders, or lower back. Therefore, make sure to find one that does the job for the lupus sufferer you know.
A weighted blanket can calm a restless body, providing them with a great sense of protection and comfort. It’s like giving the lupus patient a hug – but with the help of a blanket. This is a form of home therapy that everyone will appreciate. Better sleep, less body pain, and less stress, what could be better than that?
Even More Gift Ideas For People With Lupus
Vitamins And Supplements
Taking enough vitamins and minerals daily is one of the keys to reducing the effect of lupus. A healthy and strong body will make the patient happier, and lupus pain won’t be as severe as before. Remember to check if the vitamin is suitable for lupus patients or not. It’s best to ask the person directly or consult with a pharmacist first.
You can certainly buy books that help the lupus sufferer understand more about his/her condition. However, other books that provide the patient with a relaxing time will be wonderful as well.
Gift cards can be thoughtful lupus gifts if you choose the right category. Buy the lupus sufferer a massage or therapy session, or sign them up for a yoga class so they can clear their mind. They will surely appreciate the gesture as much as any other physical gift.
And there we have it, a list of possible gifts you can get for people with lupus! If you have any other suggestions, feel free to tell me in the comments down below!