It is usually symptom-free apart from the embarrassment the patches can cause. Occasionally the affected areas can itch: patches on the fingers can be tender. In most patients there is no effect on general health.
Discoid lupus erythematosus lookx like
Discoid lupus erythematosus usually affects the face and scalp, but is occasionally more widespread. The rash consists of red scaly patches, which tend to clear eventually, leaving some thinning, scarring or colour change in the skin. The scaling can sometimes be quite thick and warty. Some patients have chilblain-like patches on their fingers and toes. When the scalp is involved, hair in the affected area may be permanently lost.
Diagnosing discoid lupus erythematosus
- Tests will include a skin biopsy and blood tests to look for other forms of lupus erythematosus.
- Discoid lupus erythematosus can not be cured. The treatments help to keep it under control until it settles, but this may take months or even years.