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Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Yes: Discoid lupus is confined to the skin while systemic lupus can affect literally any organ of the body including the skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Discoid Lupus (Definition)

Discoid lupus (think singer seal) is seen by itself or with systemic lupus erythematosus (sle). Abut 25% of sle pts have discoid symptoms. If discoid lupus is by itself, 5-10% of them will go on to have sle, but the disease is relatively mild. Discoid lesions are areas of inflammation that go through the dermal layer of skin, causing scarring (like stretch marks). ...Read more


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How is discoid lupus different from normal lupus?

Lupus: Discoid lupus erythematosus (dle) is a chronic skin condition of sores with inflammation and scarring favoring the face, ears, and scalp and at times on other body areas. These lesions develop as a red, inflamed patch with a scaling and crusty appearance. The center areas may appear lighter in color with a rim darker than the normal skin. Discoid lupus can be divided into localized or generalized. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and discoid lupus. For many years I have experienced sudden urging itches on different spots of my body.

Likely unrelated: I doubt that itching is related to the underlying diseases but it can be secondary to medications, especially plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). ...Read more

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What is lichenoid lupus erythematosus? How is it different from discoid lupus erythematosus? Best course of treatment that does not involve oral meds?

What is lichenoid lupus erythematosus? How is it different from discoid lupus erythematosus? Best course of treatment that does not involve oral meds?

Oral agents best: Lichenoid lupus refers to a specific type if rash sometimes photosensitive, which is oftern red and raised. It occurs between the dermis and epidermis under the microscope. Discoid may also start as a red area but will cause atrophy and scarring. The best treatment is usually the oral agent plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Other options include sunscreen, moisturizers and topical steroids if the areas are small. ...Read more

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Should people diagnosed with sle or discoid lupus avoid taking the drugs associated with drug-induced lupus?

If possible: Certain drugs can affect lupus so if there is a choice it may be prudent to avoid three drugs however depending on your circumstance there may not be other options. If you must take a drug associated with lupus be vigilant in reporting any joint pains, fever, or unusual symptoms to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have discoid lupus not sle. Could this make WBC fluctuate?

DIscoid Lupus: Absolutely it can. Some people progress to sle from discoid lupus. And discoid is an autoimmune condition that can have effects on bloodwork. ...Read more

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Does hashimoto thyroiditis have anything to do with discoid lupus or sle?

In a way: Lupus and Hashimoto's thyroiditis are both autoimmune diseases. Often the presence of one autoimmune disease makes a second one more likely to occur. These two conditions are treated separately. ...Read more

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What are the antibodies associated w/ discoid lupus? I have dle but i think its a symptom of sle. My aunt & mom have both & RA hurry up&wait game?

Sometimes low ANA : A small number of patients with discoid lupus will progress onto systemic lupus, but it is not likely. Your need followup, a physical examination and bloodwork and approprite workup to decide if there is systemic lupus. ...Read more

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Hi I've been getting pain on & off in my back which feels like my lungs, it feels like I've been punched in the back. I suffer from discoid lupus & recent blood tests show I might have slight SLE lupus aswell. The pains in my back come & go but can be ver

Hi I've been getting pain on & off in my back which feels like my lungs, it feels like I've been punched in the back. I suffer from discoid lupus & recent blood tests show I might have slight SLE lupus aswell. The pains in my back come & go but can be ver

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