Lupus Rash Pictures
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Lupus is a disease that affects the skin in more than 90% of cases. Also, it prefers white people, rather than dark skinned ones. There are several types of lupus rash out there, all of them serious enough to ensure an immediate treatment. The classic type is due to sun exposure and the lupus rash pictures tell the complete story: the sun triggers redness on the cheeks (best known as malar blush), but it rarely itches, thus making it very hard to identify as a lupus symptom if the disease is not already diagnosed.
One type of lupus rash that attacks black persons more frequently than white persons is the one caused by discoid lupus. The picture it presents is not pretty: red skin patches and scales appear on the face and the scalp. Unfortunately, it can lead to scarring and hair loss (alopecia). Just like classic lupus rash, discoid lupus rash can manifest itself both as a singular skin condition or, more often, as part of a systemic disease known as SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus). The hair loss can be a part of a SLE flare, occurring without the skin rash, and the hair usually grows back after the flare is treated accordingly.
Lupus rash pictures
Lupus rash - acute cutaneous lupus erythematosus
This particular type of lupus rash manifests itself as an erythematous rash, painting a very interesting image: a butterfly on the skin of the face. The blush is located on the cheeks and the bridge of the nose, thus the butterfly comparison. It usually comes as a consequence of sun exposure, but, unlike classic lupus skin problems, it does not go away if the patient does not go out in the sun anymore. It might take a few days or even weeks for it to heal, but it presents with no scarring if no complications appear. Also, this acute form of lupus rash can be accompanied by other lesions in other parts of the body.
Lupus rash - subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus
Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus is a complication of lupus rash. It is either localized or generalized. The lupus rash pictures show that the subacute version of the skin condition is not all that different from its acute sibling: it appears after sun exposure, the lesions being maculopapular and pruritic. Unlike the acute form, this lupus rash form does not appear only on the face, but also on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. Be very careful because it is easily confused with an allergic reaction to your other lupus medication. Just like any other lupus skin condition, this one heals without scarring unless the lesions are crusty. In that case, a slight atrophy of the skin might be left behind.
Lupus rash - chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus
Chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus is just a fancy name for discoid lupus. The lesions are everywhere on the body: on the scalp and ears, usually, but more and more patients have manifested these skin problems on their backs, chests and even legs.
The image that the patients present is a rather gruesome one: small pustules, filled with a liquid. In time, these sacks will become raised, bright red enlarged balls. On the scalp, these balls cause alopecia (hair loss). However, the hair tends to grow back after the sufferer has received proper care.
Lupus panniculitis and neonatal lupus
This type of lupus rash, lupus panniculitis, appears very deep, beneath the skin surface. The nodules heal only with a deep atrophy of the problematic area.
Neonatal lupus might be a problem for newborn children whose mothers suffer from a form of lupus. The rash that appears in the case of newborns is similar to that in subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus. It disappears with the proper treatment in about two to four weeks.