Darst Dermatology offers personalized treatment for lupus erythematosus in Charlotte, Matthews, and the surrounding North Carolina communities.
What Is Lupus Erythematosus?
Lupus erythematosus is a skin manifestation that affects two-thirds of people with the autoimmune disease called lupus. It can take the form of a rash, puffy or scarring, or lesions on your skin. These occur primarily in areas that are exposed to sunlight – the face, ears, neck, arms, and legs. The condition can be chronic, subacute, or acute, and each should be monitored and treated by a qualified dermatologist such as Dr. Darst.
Chronic (discoid) cutaneous lupus usually occurs on your scalp or face and results in disc-shaped sores. While the sores are scaly, red, and thick, they usually don’t hurt. However, if left untreated, chronic cutaneous lupus can lead to scarring, skin discoloration, hair loss, and skin cancer.
Subacute cutaneous lupus appears as areas of red scaly skin with distinct edges or as red, ring-shaped lesions on sun-exposed areas of your body. The sores don’t hurt or scar but can discolor your skin.
Acute cutaneous lupus occurs when systemic lupus is active. It looks like an area of flat, red skin on your face. It sometimes occurs on both cheeks and the bridge of your nose and takes the shape of a butterfly. The rash can appear on any area of your body that’s exposed to sun. Acute lupus doesn’t scar but can change the color of your skin.
How Is Lupus Erythematosus Treated?
Lupus erythematosus is usually treated with a topical steroid cream or gel. In some cases, Dr. Darst might inject a steroid medication directly into the lesions. Dr. Darst recommends people with lupus erythematosus always wear sunscreen and protect their skin from the sun’s rays and ultraviolet light.
Dr. Darst, a board-certified dermatologist, offers expert treatment for lupus erythematosus to residents of Charlotte, Matthews, and other Metrolina communities in North Carolina. Schedule a consultation today by calling 704-321-3376. Darst Dermatology is conveniently located at 11301 Golf Links Drive North, Charlotte, NC 28277.