Lupus Erythematosus

What is Lupus?

Lupus is one of many disorders of the immune system known as autoimmune or collagen vascular diseases. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect. This leads to inflammation and damage to various body tissues. Lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the skin.

Signs and Symptoms of Lupus

Although people with this disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Painful or swollen joints
  • Unexplained fever
  • Skin rashes, made worse by sun exposure.
  • Kidney problems

Types of Lupus

  1. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most serious form of the disease.
  2. Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), is a chronic skin disorder in which red, raised lesions appear on the face, scalp, or elsewhere on the skin. The raised areas may become thick and scaly and may cause scarring.  Lupus may also cause hair loss, thinning or breakage.  Hair may become brittle and fall out in particular patches.)
  3. Subacute Cutaneous Lupus, Bullous Lupus, Lupus Profundus, Drug Induced Lupus  and Neonatal Lupus are less common variants.

Lupus may also cause hair loss, thinning or breakage. Hair may become brittle and fall out in particular patches.

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