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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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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 kind of condition is discoid lupus?

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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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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Does topicort LP cream work for discoid lupus?

Pretty good: Your physician may eventually add systemic Chloroquine or some other drug, and/or a topical agent such as tacrolimus. Discoid lupus can be a major nuisance and i hope that you are able to get a good result. ...Read more

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Are there safe alternative therapies for discoid lupus?

Are there safe alternative therapies for discoid lupus?

Avoid sun exposure: The most important therapy is to avoid sun exposure by using hats and or sun screen. ...Read more

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Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has discoid lupus, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Discoid lupus: Fortunately only about 5% of patients with discoid lupus (dle) go on to develop systemic lupus (sle). However dle can be disfiguring. I would certainly suggest he see a dermatologist to explore his treatment options. ...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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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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Are there official recommendations for treating discoid lupus?

Yes: You already know to stay out of the sun / use sunblock / broad brim hat. You probably have a fluorinated glucocorticoid -- a little can go a long way. Some physicians will try oral antimalarials for discoid lupus. ...Read more

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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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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?

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

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Can there be any pregnancy risks for women with discoid lupus?

No: Discoid le should prevent no problems. As a precaution, as a rheumatologist, i would make sure coagulation studies were normal prior to attempting pregnancy. ...Read more