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Does any one treat discoid lupus?

Does any one treat discoid lupus?

Yes: Any dermatologist can manage, but not cure, common discoid lupus. You already know to avoid sunlight. Topical or intralesional glucocorticoids have been standard for decades. Systemic Chloroquine or a similar drug are often helpful as well. Topical calcineurin inhibitors are a relatively new addition, and there are reports of success with topical retinoic acid derivatives. ...Read more

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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What are the tests for discoid lupus?

What are the tests for discoid lupus?

Exam is best: The sores with pale center and dark rim, uneven scales / crusts are usually easy to diagnose on physical exam by a general physician; any dermatologist can make the call easily. If there is doubt, punch biopsy shows distinctive features to the pathologist that will remove any doubt; both a standard stain and a "lupus band test" may be performed. Dle is usually manageable but not curable. ...Read more

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Does discoid lupus ever just go away?

Unlikely: Discoid lupus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that is unlikely to resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is discoid lupus?

Common skin dz: This is a very familiar skin disease that may occur by itself or with the far more severe systemic lupus, though the vast majority of dle patients never get sle. The disease can look bad and may produce surface scars. Sun avoidance / screens and topical glucocorticoids generally keep it at bay; systemic antimalarials can help. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of discoid lupus? 

Scarring rash: Lupus affects in the skin in discoid lupus and in some cases of sle. There is redness usually on the cheeks, nose , possibly ears and scalp. It can show broken blood vessels, depressed scars, and a purple border. Topical or injections of steroids are often helpful. In more severe case oral antimalarials are used. ...Read more

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Will discoid lupus give you any symptoms?

Skin only: Discoid involves skin only but 5 per cent have systemic lupus which can affect almost any organ with common involvement as arthritis, swelling, and in severe cases heart, lungs or kidney.S you must be monitored to rule out systemic involvement and minimize scarring and color changes on the skin. ...Read more

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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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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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