Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs of the body. The immune system normally fights off dangerous infections and bacteria to keep the body healthy. An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system attacks its own body because it confuses it for something foreign.
Signs & Symptoms of Lupus Erythematosus
Lupus Erythematosus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of Lupus Erythematosus is a butterfly rash, a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks, which occurs in many cases but not all cases of Lupus Erythematosus.
Lupus Erythematosus symptoms and signs include:
- butterfly rash on the face
- appetite loss
- hair loss
- Raynaud's phenomenon
Lupus Erythematosus Treatments
Some people are born with a tendency toward developing Lupus Erythematosus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs, or even sunlight. While there's no cure for Lupus Erythematosus, treatments can help control symptoms. Treatment for Lupus Erythematosus is not curative, the goal of the treatments is to ease the symptoms of lupus. Treatment can vary depending on how severe your symptoms are and which parts of your body are affected, treatment can vary.
Treatments for Lupus Erythematosus may include:
- anti-inflammatory medications for joint pain and stiffness
- steroid creams for rashes
- corticosteroids of varying doses to minimize the immune response
- antimalarial drugs for skin and joint problems