Healthy Living

Common Conditions Related to Lupus

Skin problems

Did you know that two-thirds of people with lupus get some type of effect on their skin? Yes, it is unfortunately true. A skin condition that occurs with lupus causes rashes and lesions. The affected skin areas such the face, legs, neck, and arms are mostly exposed to the sun. There is a more visible butterfly-shaped rash found over the cheeks and around the bridge of your nose. Cigarette smoking may also exacerbate the skin problem. If lupus is suspected, a skin biopsy should be performed. Upon confirmation, a blood test should follow. Seek the expertise of a dermatologist to help in treating the lesions or rashes. So let’s take a closer look at three ways in which cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) skin disease may occur:

  • Chronic
  • Sub-acute
  • Acute

The patient will have a scar on the face beside sores with inflammation. The lesions, on the other hand, develop a red inflamed patch. Additionally, they have a scaling and crusty look.