All About Lupus Rashes

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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. This disease causes the body’s immune system to attack its own healthy tissues, resulting in a variety of symptoms that range in severity. Lupus often affects the joints, lungs, kidneys and skin.

In many individuals who are living with lupus, skin rashes are a primary symptom. In fact, according to the Lupus Foundation of America, as many as 66% of people who are living with lupus will develop some form of skin disease called cutaneous lupus erythematosus, or lupus rashes.1‘How Lupus Affects the Skin.’ Lupus Foundation of America, In this article, we’ll discuss lupus rashes.

1. Discoid Lupus

One of the most common types of lupus rashes, discoid lupus, is characterized by round lesions on the skin.2McDaniel, Brianna. ‘Discoid Lupus Erythematosus.’ U.S. National Library of Medicine, 15 Aug. 2020, While these lesions most frequently appear on the scalp or the face, some individuals will experience this type of lupus rash on other parts of the body, as well. These lesions don’t normally cause any pain but in severe cases, they can lead to scarring or hair loss.

Although there isn’t a cure for discoid lupus, it can be treated with steroids or immunosuppressive medications. Additionally, individuals with discoid lupus can help lessen severe symptoms by avoiding harsh UV rays.

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