What are the symptoms of discoid lupus erythematosus?

Discoid lupus erythematosus causes inflammation and skin rashes. The symptoms can very in intensity among individuals and may occur daily or only occasionally. However, at any time, symptoms may become severe.

Common symptoms of discoid lupus erythematosus

You may experience discoid lupus erythematosus symptoms daily or only occasionally. At times, any of these common symptoms can be severe:

  • Loss of hair
  • Permanent scars from lesions
  • Red, disk-shaped patches on the skin that are scaly or crusty

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, discoid lupus erythematosus can be a sign of systemic lupus erythematosus, which may be associated with life-threatening symptoms. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
  • Inability to urinate
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Pale or blue lips
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)

What is discoid lupus erythematosus?

Discoid lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder affecting the skin. The disorder causes a skin rash or lesions that usually appear on the nose and cheeks. Loss of hair and changes in skin pigment also occur with this disorder.... Read more about discoid lupus erythematosusintroduction


What causes discoid lupus erythematosus?

The cause of discoid lupus erythematosus is not known. However, it is believed to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system abnormally targets the skin, causing inflammation and rash.... Read more about discoid lupus erythematosuscauses


How is discoid lupus erythematosus treated?

Treatment for discoid lupus erythematosus begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine whether you have discoid lupus erythematosus, you will be asked questions about your symptoms and when they occur, and you may be asked to undergo diagnostic testing.... Read more about discoid lupus erythematosustreatments

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