10 Frequently Asked Lupus Questions

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7. How many types of lupus skin disease exist?

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Lupus skin disease can occur in one of three forms:

    1. Chronic cutaneous (discoid) lupus: Appears as disk-shaped, round lesions. The sores usually appear on the scalp and face but sometimes they will occur on other parts of the body as well.

    2. Subacute cutaneous lupus: Lesions may appear as areas of red scaly skin with distinct edges or as red, ring-shaped lesions. The lesions occur most commonly on the sun-exposed areas of the arms, shoulders, neck, and body. The lesions usually do not itch or scar, but they can become discolored.

    3. Acute cutaneous lupus: Lesions occur when your systemic lupus is active. The most typical form of acute cutaneous lupus is a malar rash–flattened areas of red skin on the face that resemble a sunburn. When the rash appears on both cheeks and across the bridge of the nose in the shape of a butterfly, it is known as the “butterfly rash.”

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