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.

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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?

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...

I might have discoid lupus erythematosus. What is it like to be a patient?

Discoid lupus. Discoid lupus erythematosus (dle) is a chronic skin condition of sores with inflammation, sun sensitivity, 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. Read more...
Unhappy. Discoid lupus, while usually not affecting internal organs, can be a dishheartening illness, particularly in females. It is frquently associated with the ss-a auto-antibody. Treatment should include generic plaquenyl, possibly methotrexate, and or low-dose steroids. Because it affects appearance, if severe, you need to pay heed to the psycholigc effect on the patient. Read more...
Your personality. Discoid lupus is a relatively benign disorder and can usually be treated with medication. Different people have different reactions to a diagnosis and their responses vary as with any other life event. If your concern is about being a patient with dle, you should consider yourself fortunate that you do not have a more serious illness. Read more...

Malaria as a child now diagnosed Discoid lupus erythematosus, Rash in ears and behind Started 2 weeks steroid cream why are Anti-malaria Drugs used?

Hydroxychloroquine . There is no association between your past history of malaria and recent diagnosis of discoid lupus. Hydroxychloroquine and similar medication has the additional benefits of being anti-rheumatic medication as well as anti-malarial. Best wishes. Read more...

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...

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?

Scarring. The individual lesion will scar and leave discoloration. He needs to be evaluated to determine if ot os limited to skin only. This will require blood tests , history , examination and possible tests of lung function, x rays if indicated.Treatment for discoid lupus is cream and possibly injections into lesions. Read more...
Scarring. I am not able to answer why your husband does not wish to see a doctor. Discoid lupus usually affects the skin of face and scalp. The lesions may end up with hypopigmentation and scars. In a small number ~5%, it may progress to systemic lupus. Your husband could help himself by avoiding sun exposure through the use of hats and sunscreen. Read more...
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...

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...

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...