Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
Keep a careful eye on your symptoms.
Do they change over time? How are they affecting your daily life? Do they prevent you from doing things that you enjoy? Does lupus make you feel isolated, depressed, or frustrated?These are all important factors to share with your doctor.
This type of lupus is limited to the skin, but it can also occur along with SLE. Symptoms of lupus limited to the skin include rashes, lesions, loss of hair, dilated blood vessels (so that they can be seen through the skin), ulcers and sensitivity to the sun. There are three types of cutaneous lupus erythematosus: