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.
Lupus. Discoid lupus is a type of lupus limited to the oral mucosa and the skin. Sle is the wider disease affecting multiple organ systems.

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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...

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...

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...

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...
Preferably. While there is no direct correlation between the the diseases, it is advisable not to take such medications. Read more...

I have discoid lupus not sle. Could this make WBC fluctuate?

No. The WBC is not supposed to affected in dle, but you may develop symptoms of mild systemic lupus later. In addition to being treated by dermatologist to minimize scarring, you should have blood work up even if asymptomatic 2 times a year. Read more...
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...

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...