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.

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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 are the antibodies associated w/ discoid lupus? I have dle but I think its a symptom of sle. My aunt & mom have both & RA hurry up&wait game?

Sometimes low ANA . A small number of patients with discoid lupus will progress onto systemic lupus, but it is not likely. Your need followup, a physical examination and bloodwork and approprite workup to decide if there is systemic lupus. Read more...
Discoid lupus & SLE. 10% of people with discoid lupus (dle) have systemic disease. Antibodies associated with dle can be seen in sle as well, or people with dle may not have positive antibodies in the blood. Most common one is ana. However, diagnosis of sle requires 4 of 11 criteria to be met, of which antibodies are only one. Here is more information: http://www.Lupus.Org. Please see your rheumatologist for workup. Read more...

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...

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...

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...