Types of Lupus

Types of Lupus Blog

  1. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
    1. The most common type of Lupus- SLE affects several parts of one's body. According to Lupus.org, "70% of people with lupus have it. It's what most people mean when they refer to "lupus." (lupus.org). SLE can affect the body by causing inflammation throughout multiple organs or organ systems within the body, whether they are small or largely impacting.
    2. Some of the symptoms of SLE are
      1. Skin rashes
      2. Swelling/pain in the joints, also known as arthritis
      3. Swelling in the feet and eyes most often involves the kidneys.
      4. Fatigue
      5. Fevers
  2. Subacute Cutaneous Lupus
    1. According to Lupus.org, "Approximately two-thirds of people with lupus will develop some type of skin disease." Skin disease lupus is commonly in areas exposed to the sun (face, neck, arms, ears, legs).
    2. Symptoms of SCL include a rash or lesion on one's skin.
  3. Discoid Lupus
    1. Like subacute cutaneous Lupus, discoid Lupus is on the skin, though it is not associated with other organs. Confined to the skin and is not related to symptoms from other organs.
    2. Discoid Lupus gets its name from the most common symptom, the coin-shaped lesions found on the skin that Lupus produces.
    3. Healthline.com states, "Discoid lupus can cause permanent scarring if it is not treated or if treatment is not effective." (healthline.com).
  4. Drug-Induced Lupus
    1. Drug-Induced Lupus is the most similar type of Lupus to SLE, caused by an overreaction to medications. Symptoms can disappear once appropriately treated with medicine at a halt.
    2.  Accordingly to medlineplus.gov, some of the most common medicines known to cause drug-induced lupus erythematosus are:
      1. Isoniazid
      2. Hydralazine
      3. Procainamide
      4. Tumor-necrosis factor (TNF)
      5. Minocycline
      6. Quinidine 
  5. Neonatal Lupus
    1. Lupus.org explains that when an infant receives autoantibodies from their mother who has SLE, this causes Neonatal Lupus. The autoantibodies are immune proteins that mistakenly target and react to a person's tissues or organs. At the same time, skin, liver, and blood problems resolve within six months; the most severe problem - congenital heart block - requires a pacemaker.

You can learn more about Lupus and the different types of Lupus here.


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Pietrangelo, Ann. “Discoid Lupus: Rash Symptoms, Treatment, and Causes.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 31 Aug. 2018, https://www.healthline.com/health/discoid-lupus#:~:text=Discoid%20lupus%20(discoid%20lupus%20erythematosus,worse%20when%20exposed%20to%20sunlight.

“What Is Cutaneous Lupus?” Lupus Foundation of America, https://www.lupus.org/resources/cutaneous-lupus.

Lupus Foundation of America. “What Is Lupus?” Lupus Foundation of America, https://www.lupus.org/resources/what-is-lupus.

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