Discoid Lupus: Introduction
Discoid Lupus: Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a form of lupus erythematosus marked by chronic skin eruptions. It is a chronic skin condition of sores with inflammation and scarring favoring the face, ears, and scalp and at times on other body areas.
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Symptoms of Discoid Lupus
- DLE lesions are raised, red, scaling plaques, with follicular plugging and central atrophy. The raised edges and sunken centers give them a coinlike appearance.
- Although these lesions can appear anywhere on the body, they usually erupt on the face, scalp, ears, neck, and arms or on any part of the body that's exposed to sunlight.
- Hair tends to become brittle or may fall out in patches; alopecia can be permanent.
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Treatments for Discoid Lupus
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, fluorescent lighting, or reflected sunlight
- They should wear protective clothing, use sunscreening agents
- Avoid engaging in outdoor activities during periods of most intense sunlight (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ), and report any changes in the lesions
- Cortisone ointments or intralesional injections
- Drug treatment consists of topical, intralesional, or systemic medication, as in SLE
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Discoid Lupus: Complications
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- If untreated, can lead to scarring and permanent disfigurement. About 1 out of 20 patients with OLE later develops systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
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Causes of Discoid Lupus
- The exact cause is unknown, but it is thought to be autoimmune with the body's immune system incorrectly attacking normal skin
- This condition tends to run in families
- In some patients with discoid lupus erythematosus, sunlight and cigarette smoking may make the lesions come out
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