How Does Lupus Affect The Skin?
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack and damage its own organs and tissue. It affects nearly 1.5 million people in the United States alone, according to The Lupus Foundation of America. The disease has a reputation for being unpredictable, since those with Lupus experience periods of flare-ups when side-effects are most prevalent, and periods when they aren’t. There are many side-effects that coincide with a Lupus diagnoses, one of which can severely affect the skin.
Many of those with Lupus develop a “butterfly” rash, or a rash that extends to both cheeks and the bridge of the nose, resembling the wings and thorax of a butterfly.
Lupus sufferers also report the appearance of skin lesions. These may be on the face, as well as the arms, neck, chest, and back. Sores on the inside of the nose and mouth can show up as well.
Symptoms that affect the skin, while common in those with Lupus, are not always physically present. They appear most often after extended exposure to sunlight, or during a flare-up of the disease. While these rashes and lesions typically do not itch or cause pain, they are still troublesome to those with Lupus. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Lupus, but a combination of early detection, treatment methods, and lifestyle changes can drastically improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with Lupus.
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