What you should know about skin lupus is that it’s a skin disease characterised by rashes and lesions found in different parts of the body. It’s an autoimmune disorder that triggers chronic inflammation of the tissues in the body. Autoimmune disorder happens when the tissues are being attacked by the immune system. Such skin disease has still no verifiable causes but is believed to be hereditary.
How severe the disorder is can vary from person to person and its causes. There are various types of skin lupus and it all depends on the symptoms. According to a study from an American medical centre, the disease comes in three types – systemic, discoid and drug-induced. Below is a definition and symptoms of the three types:
- Systemic: Otherwise, known as systemic lupus erythematosus is a type of disease where the problem is the patient’s immune system. The immune system can hardly determine the harmful substances from the healthy ones. This disease can greatly affect women and if severe, can lead to death. The symptoms of this disease can have the joints painful and swelling. Patients can also experience chest pains, fever, fatigue, malaise, hair loss, skin rashes, and swollen lymph nodes. Other symptoms can be experienced depending on which body parts are affected.
- Discoid: Otherwise known as discoid lupus erythematosus is a chronic disorder characterised by sores and inflammation on the facial area. The inflammation can lead to inflamed patches with red and crusty appearance. This type of skin lupus may result to scars and hair loss, especially when present on the scalp. The lesions are mild and has rare occurrence affecting the internal organs. You can identify the symptom of this skin lupus through its reddish rashes, and some patients experience muscle aches and joint stiffness.
- Drug-Induced Lupus: This disease is similar to systemic lupus; however, it is triggered by chronic usage of specific drugs resulting to the attack of their own cell and tissue. The patient will feel fatigue, joint pains, inflammation of the heart and lungs. The symptoms can be long-term but can be mild when treated early.
If you want relief from all the symptoms of these types of skin lupus, have yourself checked by a doctor, before it becomes severe with complications.