What are the Skin Changes Caused by Lupus?
People who have lupus will likely have skin problems at some point, but lupus treatments may bring relief. Your physician would also likely prescribe topical medications including a gel or steroid cream to clear up such problems. There are times that steroid shots are also used. You may also prevent skin reactions. A good way is using sunscreen to protect yourself from the UV rays of the sun and cover-up.
The Changes on Skin Caused by Lupus
You may have skin lupus without or with having full-blown SLE or systemic lupus erythematosus, which is the common type of lupus. Make sure to observe these rashes, which may be due to skin lupus:
Small Coin-Shaped Red Areas
These rashes are due to exposure to the UV rays of the sun and known as subacate cutaneous lesions. They will likely appear on your neck, arms, upper torso in patches or shoulders. They do not cause scarring, but they may lighten or darken the skin.
Rashes and Sores
Several have coin-shaped rashes while others may develop scaly red patches or red and ring-shaped rash, particularly where your skin gets UV light. Sores got worse without treatments. Usually, they do not hurt or itch, but they may cause scarring. Once it happens on scalp, you may get some patches of the permanent baldness.
It’s known as malar rash, which may spread over your cheeks and nose in a butterfly shape. This butterfly rash may just a faint blush. But, it can be a severe and scaly rash. The UV rays of the sun may trigger and make this worse.
Other Skin Concerns Caused by Lupus
Lupus can also cause skin issues in areas including the mouth, lower legs, scalp, and fingers. Below are some of the other skin changes you must watch out for:
Hair Loss – In other cases, the immune system may destroy the hair follicles and make the hair fall out for some time. There are also times that new hair may grow in. Severe lupus flares may also make the hair brittle and fragile. It’s most likely around your scalp’s edge.
Mucous Membrane Lesions – Such are sores in the nose or mouth.
Color Changes in Toes and Fingers – The blood vessels in your toes and fingers may tighten as well as slow the blood’s flow. The tips of the toes or fingers may turn white, blue or red in a cold room or cold weather.
Lacy and Bluish Pattern Under the Skin – It’s called livedo reticularis. It appears on your legs where it may provide the fishnet look. Like the Raynaud’s, it may become worse during cold weather.
Purplish Spots on the Lower Legs – Such happen when blood vessels in skin become damaged and inflamed. They can show up as bigger knots or small spots. They can also show up as spots or lines of purple or red bumps in folds of your fingertips or fingernails. Such spots are cutaneous vasculitis lesions. They may cause severe damage to gangrene and skin tissue.