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What is the treatment for discoid lupus erythematosus?

What is the treatment for discoid lupus erythematosus?

Less sun, some Rx: Sun protection, topical steroids, avoidance of any drug which may have provoked the dle. If no better in 2-4 weeks, cortisone injections into the lesions or topical calcineurin inhibitors. If still no better in 2-4 more weeks, oral hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial medication. There are even further treatment for refractory cases but the above usually works. ...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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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 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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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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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

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What do doctors do with discoid lupus?

What do doctors do with discoid lupus?

Several Rx's!: Discoid in some patients is easy to manage and in others hard. One thing the pt. Can do is avoid uv light. I typically put pts on Hydroxychloroquine @ 6mg/kg of body weight, and use Methotrexate subcutaneous 20-25mg/wk. I occasional add ridaura. Some patients do well with azathioprine. Others do well with cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil). Topical steroids and oral steroids are always options. ...Read more