The Three Types of Lupus

Author: Groshan Fabiola

Lupus is a rare condition, but it can be a very difficult one. When you suffer from lupus, more than one of your organs may be affected. There are three lupus types that one can suffer from: systemic, discoid and lupus induced by drugs.

The discoid form of lupus affects only somebody’ s skin. To diagnose this kind of lupus, the doctor has to do a biopsy of the rash that you are suffering. Because discoid lupus affects only the skin in form of a rash, this is the only proper way to diagnose lupus. The biopsy of the skin affected by lupus will show some abnormalities that otherwise will not be found in a type of skin that has not been affected by lupus. This type of lupus does not affect the internal organs. So a blood test will not be able to confirm if you have discoid lupus or not. Blood tests are used to detect another lupus type, the systematic lupus. There are lupus patients that will show a positive result in their blood test, even if they are suffering from discoid lupus. However, the levels of tiver in their blood will be very little. Although the discoid form of lupus only affects your skin, this lupus type can evolve and become the systemic type of lupus. This particular lupus type can affects almost all your internal organs. Systemic lupus can also atack your nervous system. Unfortunately, this change from discoid lupus to systemic lupus can not be prevented. Even if your treat your discoid type of lupus, you can to prevent it from developing into the systemic lupus type.

Many of the people that go on to have systemic lupus, probably suffered from this form of lupus from the beginning, and the discoid lupus was just one of the symptoms. Normally, there are not two people that suffer from systemic lupus and have the same symptoms. However, many of the lupus symptoms that they have can be similar. The third type of lupus, that induced by drugs, usually sets off after you use a certain drug. The signs of the drug induced type of lupus are very similar to the systemic lupus type. The drugs that are more related with lupus are those used for high blood pressure. Drugs that are used to treat an irregular heart beat are also thought to cause lupus.

For more resources about lupus please review this or even

Article Source:

About the Author

For more resources about lupus please review this or even

9 thoughts on “Lupus Of The Skin

  1. Lynne

    Does anyone else have Skin Lupus?
    I was diagnosed with Skin Lupus about a year ago. I was just wondering if anyone else here has this. I would like to find people to talk with about the various treatments and options they have tried. Basically, I am tired of feeling alone in this.

  2. HisLady

    Lupus Skin Disorder?
    I had an appointment with my dermatologist yesterday to discuss faint red patches on the apples of my cheeks and neck along with a problem with my hair thinning. She immediately said something about some type of lupus skin disorder and did a biopsy on my neck. I also have to go for blood work today. Does anyone know anything about this? I’ve never heard of it and I’m really nervous especially after she started questing whether I had any joint pain. My knees and feet/ankles ache constantly but I thought it was because I’ve gained alot of weight over the past year. Please offer any detailed information that you may have. Thank you.

    1. Linda R

      Yes, it does sound like lupus. You can learn a great deal at the site below. Please do not panic. One in every 170 Americans has a form of lupus, that’s over 1.5 million people.

      Basically, lupus is autoimmune disorder where your immune system can’t tell the difference between self and invaders like germs. This autoimmune activity results in inflammation which cause pain. The majority of people have mild to moderate symptoms, but lupus must be taken seriously.

      The treatment goals are to reduce symptoms and inflammation and to prevent permanent damage.

      Until you know what it is, stay out of the sun. Sun causes lupus to flare. Lupus is characterized by periods of calm called remissions, and periods of activity called flares. At this time the cause is not completely understood and there is no cure. 9 out of 10 people with lupus are women.

  3. phinetic

    What are my chances of inheriting lupus form my mom?
    My mom only has the skin lupus, and not the kind that infects internal structures. I am also male (which I understand lessens your risk?). My father has no autoimmune diseases. I do have a few autoimmune disease however, which include hypothyroidism, and a small area of psoriasis on my leg.

    Are there other autoimmune disease I should be concerned about down the road? I’m turning 24 in a few months, and again I am also male.

    1. ParzLou

      Although anyone can get lupus, most estimates show that 9 out of 10 people who contract lupus are women. With it also being 3 times more likely to be found in African American women than white women

  4. jenhicks87

    I have been getting red patches of skin… lupus?
    I recently asked a question about lupus. I know you can get rashes. but I have been getting red patches of skin that are dry and have a scab over them. but there has been no trauma to the skin. I still haven’t gotten my results back from my arthritis blood tests. I think when I go back to the doctor I will ask if I can get the blood tests that show symptoms of lupus. ( I know there is no specific test for lupus) but anyway, the red patches of skin with scabs (flaky, peeling skin) does this happen with lupus?

    1. christibro40

      Jen, In all my years with Lupus, I have almost every rash imaginable, to sun exposed skin and non exposed skin. Yours sounds almost eczama like. which in and of itself is an autoimmune disease, and I spent half my childhood walking around with. so yes, rashes of all types, fall into the Lupus critera.

      I do think avoiding any sun is a good idea, Also they may want to biopsy that area, and other areas where you may have open sores or a butterfly rash (along bridge of nose along to cheecks.

      As far as blood tests to show symptims of lupus, they can check to see if you are anemic, have any changes in red or white blood counts, platelets, and a few other things. Those red patches of skin, I get even when I have a band aid put on…

      so go figure.

      But there are so many strange things that can happen, but for each new thing that happens write it down, photograph it, if its visible. You never kno, it may go towards the diagnostic critera and you dont even know it yet. But I will post it so you do know, lol. here is the Lupus diagnostic critera.
      Best wishes

      Diagnostic criteria for lupus
      Provided by:
      Last Updated: June 29, 2004
      Diagnostic criteria for lupus
      The following criteria are used to distinguish lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) from other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases.

      A person with 4 of these 11 conditions can be diagnosed with lupus; 3 symptoms suggest that lupus is probably present, and 2 raise the possibility of lupus. Symptoms may be present all at once or appear in succession over a period of time. 1

      Butterfly (malar) rash on cheeks
      Rash on face, arms, neck, torso (discoid rash)
      Skin rashes that result from exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (photosensitivity)
      Mouth or nasal ulcers, usually painless
      Joint swelling, stiffness, pain involving two or more joints (arthritis)
      Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs (pleuritis) or heart (pericarditis). This inflammation is called serositis.
      Abnormalities in urine, such as increased protein or clumps of red blood cells or kidney cells, called cell casts, in the urine
      Nervous system problems, such as seizures or psychosis, without known cause
      Problems with the blood, such as reduced numbers of red blood cells (anemia), platelets, or white blood cells
      Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test
      Signs of increased autoimmunity (antibodies against normal tissue), as shown by laboratory tests

    1. Linda R

      First have your rheumatologist and dermatologist work together.

      Second, avoid the sun as much as you possibly can. Use a high SPF sunblock that stops UVA and UVB rays. The new Neutrogena one is nice and not all greasy like the old ones. It has helioplex. Wear hats.

      Then call a Mary Kay rep who knows about black skin or go to the cosmetics counter of a high end department store and tell them your problem. I have lupus and work with lupus patients. The right make up artist can do the most amazing things. And they are willing to do it for you for free the first time, wanting to sell you their stuff of course, but you can try out different things.

      I wish you all the best. My lupus is systemic with organ involvement and I often wonder what they look like these days.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *