Everything You Need To Know About Discoid Lupus

by | Jul 13, 2017 | Lupus Blog | 0 comments

What is Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a type of Lupus that affects the skin primarily.  Lupus can also affect the hair.  Due to underlying inflammation, sores and lesions which can be scarring can affect patient’s face, ears, scalp and other body areas.

what is discoid lupusThese lesions at first develop as a red, inflamed patch that appears like scaling and crusty in appearance. The center areas may appear lighter in color with a rim darker than the normal skin.  If such lesions occur in areas like the scalp and chin, permanent scarring and hair loss can occur.

Typically, Discoid Lupus only affects the skin, however, a small percentage of patients with discoid lupus can develop disease of the internal organs, SLE or Lupus. Those with more lesions and children are at a higher risk for this condition.  

If your doctor suspects discoid Lupus, a skin biopsy will be done to confirm the diagnosis. If the skin biopsy confirms discoid lupus erythematosus, then further blood testing may be indicated.

The exact cause of discoid Lupus is unknown, but it is believed to be a type of autoimmune condition where the cells attack the skin cells. There is a strong hereditary trait for discoid Lupus.  Like Lupus, females are much more prone to this condition as they outnumber males 3 to 1.


Cortisone cream is advised to be applied to the skin on the involved areas which will improve the lesions and slow down their progression. Cortisone injections are sometimes injected into the lesions which are more effective than the cream.

Alternatively, calcineurin inhibitors, tacrolimus ointment may be used.  Imiquidmod has also been reported to be helpful in a few patients.

If you are sensitive to sunlight, it is advised to wear UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen daily and a hat while outdoors.  It is advised to avoid sunlight as much as possible to avoid irritation and to prevent worsening of your symptoms.

What is Discoid Lupus Treated With Alkaline Method?

Holistic treatments will focus on reducing the inflammatory burden to your body as well as the acidic load, promoting alkalinity in the body will allow for long-term health and vitality.  If you are experiencing an acute flare up with Discoid Lupus lesions, we highly advocate the Alkaline Detox Protocol to eliminate toxins while nourishing your body with essential nutrients.  Over time, your body will reset and heal.   

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