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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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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 Dentist's be informed of a patient with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus for anaesthetic injections for wisdom tooth removal a different type used?

Should Dentist's be informed of a patient with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus for anaesthetic injections for wisdom tooth removal a different type used?

Inform dentist: You should inform your dentist or doctor about all of your health issues, any medications you take, including over the counter drugs, herbals, nutritional supplements and any street drugs. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Hydroxychloriquine ,can it be used for Discoid Lupus (DLE) to prevent DLE becoming SLE ?

NO: Use it for whatever it does for you. If you have DLE you must protect strictly against sun, UV, any radiation. Your DR may give you something for DLE or SLE. ...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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Is it true Hydroxychloriquine is not indicated in the treatment of Discoid Lupus for flare up ?And in fact long term use is only indicated for SLE?

It Depends: Hi Theresa905, According to drugs.com Hydroxychloriquine is used for SLE and Rhematoid Arthritis. As you know it is also used for Malaria treatment. Doctors can prescribe medications what is called off label. They may have seen improvement and know from experience that the medication is safe and effective. Hope that is helpful to you. Dr Lori Lange ...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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What is the drug of choice for discoid lupus?

Not Fair: Every person is a different element that we have to figure out what works best for your body. You might have to try a few different medications before you find which works best for you! don't give up after just one med doesn't work. What works for one patient might not for another with the same condition. It's what makes us unique and what makes being a doctor so confusing. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: discoid lupus?

What is the definition or description of: discoid lupus?

Dermal skin injury: 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). Sometimes mistaken for psoriasis. ...Read more

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Is discoid lupus cancer?

Is discoid lupus cancer?

No: It is a chronic, autoimmune skin disorder and does not predispose to cancer. ...Read more

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I have discoid lupus, can I donate blood?

Yes: While we understand that diseases like lupus is caused by antibodies in the blood that bind to your own tissues, it is still unclear if can be transferred to another patient. ...Read more

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Could you get pregnant if you have discoid lupus?

Yes: Yes, but you need to confer with doctors first. Discoid on occasion can transition to systemic lupus so you would want to get checked. Also you would need to have medications reviewed with your doctor. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is safe in pregnancy, but if you are on medications such as methotrexate, these would have to be stopped long before any attempts at conception are made. See your doctor to talk more. ...Read more

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I have discoid lupus- is there anything that will help get my rash to go away?

I have discoid lupus- is there anything that will help get my rash to go away?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 200 to 400 mg daily is often effective in treating and preventing lupus skin rash. Ask your doctor about the potential side effects and benefits. ...Read more

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What is the description, conditions, symtoms, risk factors & treatments assocated with discoid lupus?

Discoid Lupus (DLE): DLE is a chronic cutaneous autoimmune skin disorder characterized by DLE cerythematous-to-violaceous, scaly plaques with prominent follicular plugging that often results in scarring and atrophy (see the images below). DLE may occur in the absence of systemic disease, or it may occur in association with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Read this:emedicine.medscape.com/article/1065529-overview ...Read more