As people age, they become more prone to certain diseases and illnesses. Many people experience lupus, a type of immune system disease that, depending on its severity, can adversely affect a person’s life.
Because of the number of people who are being diagnosed with lupus, the disease has become a very well discussed topic. Most reports focus on the type of lupus that is most severe, systemic lupus erythematosus, but they don’t focus on the other types, such as discoid lupus a.k.a. discoid rash.
What is Discoid Rash?
Since there are a lot of different types of lupus out there, discoid lupus hasn’t always been properly described. But with all of the research, it is now easy to say exactly what discoid lupus is.
Discoid rash, a common part of discoid lupus, is a rash which is found on the face. It is typically a scarring rash, so someone who has discoid lupus will have a permanent scar on their face.
What Does the Discoid Rash Look Like?
Discoid rash is characterized by a red, butterfly like shape on the face. That explains why so many lupus groups use the butterfly as their logoÃ¢â‚¬â€a discoid rash is literally a red butterfly rash. It doesn’t always look this way, though, and some may have a more mild, different shaped pink colored rash on the face. How dark the rash is depends on how much UV exposure the person has had through their life.
What Does the Discoid Rash Mean?
The discoid rash means that the person who has it has an active form of lupus. When discoid lupus goes into remission, the rash will disappear. Any scars it made will remain, though.
What are the Symptoms of Discoid Lupus?
Discoid lupus sufferers may have several symptoms, or they may have very few, depending on the stage of the disease. You may have some or all of the following symptoms if you have discoid lupus:
A rash on your face, which is either pink in color or red. It may be shaped like a butterfly.
Scars on the scalp, caused by the rash. Scars on the face are also common.
Severe hair loss.
Scalp itchiness and peeling.
A rash on some other part of your body. The discoid rash can occur anywhere on the body, so don’t be surprised if it’s on your neckline or legs or someplace else.
Blister-like lesions around the tips of the fingers.
What Causes Discoid Lupus?
Doctors haven’t pinpointed any one particular cause, but they believe that exposure to UV rays and skin allergies may play a roll in discoid lupus.
Discoid lupus isn’t typically curable, but it is treatable enough so that it won’t significantly hurt a person’s quality of life. Treatment ranges from steroids to antimalarial drugs.
Some who have had a lot of facial damage may undergo plastic surgery to remedy it, while others may need to do little more than to use makeup to cover any scars they do not want showing. Discoid lupus is not a life-threatening disease, so even if you have it, you should still be very healthy.