Skin rashes and round lesions can be symptoms of cutaneous lupus. Topical treatments, including preventative creams, are often the first care strategy.
Cutaneous lupus erythematosus is a form of lupus that is limited to the skin. But, cutaneous lupus also contains its own subtypes, which vary in severity, symptoms, and treatments. The major subtypes are:
- Acute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (ACLE)
- Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE)
- Chronic cutaneous lupus (CCLE) & discoid lupus erythematosus (DIL)
Quite often, a dermatologist will help determine the proper cutaneous lupus classification because rashes and lesions are a common initial symptoms. According to a study published in 1996, 25% of people with lupus (SLE) first experienced lesions or other cutaneous lupus symptoms (as opposed to systemic symptoms).