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Cutaneous Lupus

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Cutaneous lupus is an autoimmune inflammatory skin disease that appears as disk-shaped, round lesions. Sores on the face and scalp are also common, and sometimes appear on other parts of the body as well. There are three types of cutaneous lupus lesions: acute, subacute and chronic. Acute cutaneous lesions appear as flattened areas of red skin on the face and resemble a sunburn. Subacute cutaneous lesions are red and scaly with distinct edges or are red and ring shaped. Chronic lesions are usually itchy or painful and lose pigment or cause loss of hair.

Symptoms of Cutaneous Lupus

  • Disk-shaped, round lesions
  • Can be red and scaly with distinct edges
  • Can be red and ring shaped
  • Can be depigmented or cause hair loss

Treatments for Cutaneous Lupus

Treatments include ointments such as gel or steroid cream, or injections of liquid steroids. A new class of drugs, called topical immune-modulators may also provide benefit in some patients.

Preventative treatments include:

  • Avoidance/protection from sunlight and artificial ultraviolet light
  • Seeking shade
  • Sunscreens -- physical and chemical

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.