What is Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?
Lupus takes one out of two forms. When it involves body organs, it is SLE but if the condition is milder and usually affects only the skin, it is DLE. Discoid lupus erythematosus is a long-term atrophy producing, dermatological condition characterized by inflammation and scarring favoring body areas such as the face and scalp.
This medical condition can be categorized into three different classes, specifically, localized, generalized and childhood discoid lupus erythematosus. The pathophysiology is still unknown but is believed to be linked with some autoimmune processes which abnormally attack the normal cells.
The lesions may appear as red, inflamed spots which are scaly and crusty. The center of the lesion may have lighter color while its border has darker than the normal skin color.
Management is aimed at improving the skin appearance, controlling the lesional breakout and limiting scarring. Tell the patient that although very uncommon, he may possibly develop serious systemic disease. Treatment includes sun-protective approaches including the application of lotions, sunscreen, protective clothing and avoidance of prolonged sun exposure and artificial UV light sources. For suitably selected clients, camouflage or cover-up make ups can be suggested. Standard therapy includes the administration of corticosteroids in any form, whether applied topically or administered intralesionally.
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