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do you recommend not buying a pet if you have discoid lupus?

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Dr. Emily Altman
27 years experience Dermatology
Pets & discoid lupus: The only connection between having a pet and discoid lupus is that if you need to take your pet out for walks, you need to use an excellent sunscreen and a hat, as discoid lupus can become worse with sun exposure. 10% of people with discoid lupus have systemic lupus. Sun protection and avoidance is even more important. Other than that, enjoy your pet! no reason not to have one.
Answered on Apr 15, 2014
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