More than 90% of people with lupus have skin symptoms, and it was seen that these symptoms are more common in whites than in African Americans.

In those patients who have systemic lupus erythematosus there can appear many types of rashes, while the classic lupus rash is a redness on the cheeks.

A special characteristic rash is the one brought by discoid lupus, which manifests as red skin patches on the skin and scaliness and can lead to scarring. It often appears on the face and scalp and can lead to loss of scalp hair.

Hair loss can also occur because of the immunosuppressive medications, or with flares of systemic lupus erythematosus, even without skin rashes in the scalp.
An erythematous rash in a butterfly distribution on the face can show the presence of the acute cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Located in both cheeks and across the bridge of the nose, this blush is slightly edematous and appears usually after sun exposure, persists a few days and heals without scarring. It is known that there can appear erythematous lesions in other areas of the body too.

The subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus is dealing with localized or generalized lesions, may involve any part of the body and the erythematosus lesions may resemble a drug reaction as they involve palms and soles. The lesions are usually pruritic, and the maculopapular rash usually occurs after sun exposure. Most of the time, these lesions heal without scarring, but there exists the possibility that persistent lesions that become crusty to heal with only slight atrophy of the skin. Chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus can appear anywhere, although usually it affects scalp and ears, and the rash may be pruritic. At the beginning, the lesions are erythematous, slightly elevated papules or plaques, in time they become raised, bright red, edematous, then the center becomes depressed, the colour fades and becomes atrophic, and the edematous red periphery slowly enlarges and becomes irregular with some telangiectasias. We must also mention that there are follicular plugging characterized by small round areas of hyperkeratosis in older lesions. It was seen that usually, these lesions heal with scarring and hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.

If the lesions that are involving the scalp are erythematous and scaly, the hair usually grows back, but if the lesion heals with scarring the hair loss is permanent.
Lupus Panniculitis, appears as deep nodules, shows lesions situated below the skin in the subcutaneous tissue, and it is known to heal with a deep atrophy of the involved area.

Neonatal Lupus is seen in newborn babies, develops rash similar to the annularpolycyclic rash seen in subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, and the bullous lupus erythematosus develops blisters which contain a clear seurous fluid, and may range from 3 to 40mm in diameter, the lesion resolving spontaneously usually without a scar after a week, but reappearing periodically.

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7 thoughts on “Lupus Of The Skin Treatments

  1. WolfeDCool

    Inflammation of the fatty layer under the skin of the skull?
    I have LUPUS SLE and BEHCET Syndrome. I get sudden lumps all around the skull and forehead which are very painful. To the extent that I cannot rest my head on a pillow. My Dr. said it is inflmmation of the fatty layer of skin and I would like to know what next? And what excatly causes it or how to treat it, if any treatment? Thank you.

    1. Scouttster

      I would say anytime that happens – grab some Vodka and Orange juice, and have a few drinks or more.. Get drunk!
      The reason it does that is because its a bacterial infection in your system and thats where it shows itself… Alcohol kills bacteria. So, start drinking and you will be able to tame and maybe completely eliminate it from your system.

  2. wingsovgrace

    Have you been diagnosed with drug induced Lupus ?
    !0 years ago began having problem with elevated blood pressure. Was treated with the usually prescribed meds. Within the past ten years I have had a variety of unusual and often preplexing symptoms that the doctors couldn’t find good answers for. Lots of guesses and lots of unsuccessful treatments and increased frustration and misery until recently. The diagnosis is drug induced Lupus and it is believed to be caused by my blood pressure meds. Bingo. The symptoms have developed over the same period I’ve been on the meds. My question is: Any known effective alternatives for Blood Pressure Control? Anyone else with Lupus have bizarre skin and hair folllicle issues? Any one know a reputable doctor in Kansas City Missouri to advise on alternative treatments? Any one know of a web site to purchase alternative B/P treatments that you or someone you know have had personal experience with? Are there suggestions for a great support website for Lupus?

    1. Healing Oneself

      Hi WIngsOfGrace

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also learning about detoxifying the blood by doing colon and liver cleanses will change your health forever.

      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.


      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy or hyperthermia treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Best of health to you

  3. Lynne

    Does anyone else have Skin Lupus?
    I was diagnosed with Skin Lupus about a year ago. I was just wondering if anyone else here has this. I would like to find people to talk with about the various treatments and options they have tried. Basically, I am tired of feeling alone in this.

  4. Meka G

    My cousin is incarcerated at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Sunflower County. He’s in for a non-violent?
    My cousin is incarcerated at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Sunflower County. He’s in for a non-violent crime (false pretense). He’s being denied of medical treatment. He has a skin disease call Lupus. As of now, his condition has gotten worst. He’s running a fever over 100, sores in his mouth, and head is bleeding with sores. He has written three letters requesting to see a dermotostgist and has been denied. Do we have a case?

    1. Jon

      It depends to which type of case you are referring.

      They prison has an obligation to treat a patient for health problems. Especially with the severity of the condition (the fever and bleeding sores), I question the fact that he is being denied treatment.

      I would contact your state’s Bureau of Prisons (or whoever Mississippi’s governing body for prisons would be) and express your concerns.

      If you are looking to file a civil suit against the state, you really need to contact a lawyer in your state. They will be the best to speak with, and many will do a consultation with you for no/minimal costs; or, depending on your cousin’s income and financial resources, look for a pro bono legal agency. They will provide legal assistance for free/minimal costs.

      If your cousin decides to file suit against the state, he needs to document everything (and I mean everything). Dates/Times/Correction Officers’ names/requests/treatments/medications received. In a civil suit, a lot more burden will be placed upon him then if this were a criminal trial.

      But like I said, contact a local attorney for the best advice.

      Hope this helps & good luck!

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