Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
What is Discoid lupus Erythematosus?
Discoid lupus Erythematosus, being a chronic condition, is common among all age groups. Discoid lupus erythematosus is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflammation and scarring type skin lesions which occur on the face, ears, scalp and at times on other body areas.
Discoid lupus Erythematosus is a chronic skin condition which is characterized by inflammation and scarring type skin lesions which occur on the face, ears, scalp, and at times, on other body areas. These lesions develop as an inflamed growth with scaling and a warty-like appearance. The center areas may appear lighter in color, surrounded by an area darker than the normal skin. When lesions occur in hairy areas such as the scalp, permanent scarring and hair loss can occur. A small percentage of patients with discoid lupus can develop disease of the internal organs, which can make the person sick, called Systemic Lupus.
Cause of Discoid lupus Erythematosus?
The causes of Discoid lupus Erythematosus are unknown. It is thought that Discoid lupus Erythematosus may be an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders are those that occur when cells of the immune system are misdirected against the body.
Treatment of Discoid lupus Erythematosus?
- Cortisone ointment, applied to the skin in the involved areas, will often improve the lesions and slow down their progression
- If the lesions are becoming unsightly and you really feel something more needs to be done, a drug named Plaquenil will often improve the condition.
- Patients on Plaquenil need eye exams once a year to prevent damage to the retina of the eye and periodic blood work.
Alternative Treatment for Discoid lupus Erythematosus?
Alternative treatments for Discoid lupus Erythematosus include eating a healthy diet, low in red meat and dairy products and high in fish containing omega-3 fatty acids. These types of fish include mackerel, sardines, and salmon. Following a healthy diet is thought to decrease inflammation.