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Sarcoidosis (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

If one has sarcoidosis, they can help themselves by following sensible health measures.

  • They should not smoke.

  • They should also avoid exposure to substances such as dusts and chemicals that can harm the lungs.

  • For the pain in the legs, over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses can be of help.

Occasionally, a blood test will show a high blood level of calcium accompanying sarcoidosis. The reasons for this are not clear. When it does occur, the patient may be advised to avoid calcium-rich foods, vitamin D, or sunlight, or to take prednisone (this corticosteroid usually quickly reverses the condition). If a high blood calcium level (hypercalcemia) is detected, avoiding these supplements can provide additional natural treatment methods for sarcoidosis.

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