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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is discoid erythematosus?

Discoid erythematosus, or discoid lupus erythematosus, is a chronic skin condition that can lead to hair loss, scarring, or changes in pigmentation of the skin. It causes coin/ disc -shaped rashes. The rash worsens with sunlight exposure. Discoid lupus should not be confused with systemic lupus. Discoid lupus does not affect the internal organs, unlike systemic lupus.

Symptoms of discoid erythematosus

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Hair loss

Questions your doctor may ask to check for discoid erythematosus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose discoid erythematosus

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Have you felt that you are losing more hair recently?

Treatment for discoid erythematosus

The doctor may prescribe oral medication and creams or ointments to suppress the immune cells and inflammation.

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