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.
Skin lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, where one's own immune cells attack parts of your self. Discoid lupus occurs only on the skin, but is chronic and can cause bad scarring. It almost never evolves into the more serious systemic lupus. It can be treated with sun protection, high potency topical steroid creams, an oral medicine called plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) and shots of steroid directly into certain skin lesions.
Diet. As part of the treatment there are reports that a oiling dairy and wheat can help discoid lupus. Thos may not always work and may require time to see effect. Topical steroids are safe and will decrease s raring and discoloration form discoid lupus. Also be evaluated for systemic involvement.

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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?

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Is Protopic cream a safe option for Discoid Lupus rather than strong Steroid Cream?

Yes. Preferred on face. Another alternative is Eucrisa ointment. Protopic [tacrolimus] is only available as an ointment. Elidel [pimecrolimus] is a cream. Read more...