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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect the entire body. Roughly 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus, and tens of thousands of new cases are diagnosed each year. There are several different forms of lupus, each one with its own unique symptoms.
Systemic lupus is the most common form of lupus and may cause inflammation of the kidneys, brain or nervous system. Drug-induced lupus is similar to but less severe than systemic lupus. Cutaneous lupus, also known as discoid lupus, specifically affects the skin (especially areas exposed to sunlight) and is characterized by a red, scaly, rash that appears in circles.
Studies have shown that discoid lupus causes more skin problems than other forms of lupus. In addition to the aforementioned rash, individuals with discoid lupus may also have scarring alopecia or cutaneous scarring. Since discoid lupus causes changes to the appearance of the skin, affected individuals should consult with a dermatologist.
While lupus may be a chronic condition, it is important to manage all symptoms. If lupus is affecting your skin, contact Advanced Dermatology, PC, today to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists and discuss your options. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients with lupus from Queens, Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), New York City, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.