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Symptoms of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus

Symptoms of discoid lupus erythematosus are found three times more in females than in males. It is an autoimmune disorder of the skin.

But other areas of the body are also affected as the immune system spreads its destructive influence on fresh locations. The exact condition of the disease is not known yet. This article focuses on the signs of this ailment.

Symptoms of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus:

  • Red rash – a red, raised rash on the face or other parts of the body
  • Scalp rash
  • Red skin patches
  • Hair loss
  • Rash on cheeks
  • Internal ear rash
  • Greyish scales on plaques
  • Rash on bridge of nose
  • Scaly rash
  • Rash may last for days or years
  • Scalp rash
  • Limb rash
  • Thick rash
  • Pigmentation – Change in skin color
  • Rash on mouth lining
  • Trunk rash
  • Scarring
  • Lymph node enlargement – The lymph node is an important organ of the immune system (natural protection mechanism of the body). Whenever the body is under threat from foreign organisms this organ either swells or gets enlarged indicating that the immune system is in the process of fighting with the threats.
  • Increased gamma globulin levels in blood – A type of proteins in the blood. Their increased levels indicate presence of bacteria and viruses in the body and these proteins are instrumental in killing these organisms.

Symptoms of discoid lupus erythematosus appear in different locations of the body based on its types. There are three types of this ailment. They are localized, generalized and childhood forms.

In localized type, the signs appear at the neck, the scalp, nose bridge, lower lip, cheeks and ears. The signs of generalized type affect the thorax, head and neck. A low frequency of photo sensitivity and quick progression of the disease towards systemic lupus erythematosus are signs of the childhood variant of discoid lupus erythematosus ailment.

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