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Question: cutaneous lupus erythematosus


 barrymiuw - Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:35 am

After 2 tours of duty in Iraq I was diagnosed with cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Could I have come into contact with something there to cause this? My family has no history of any skin disorders or lupus.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:43 am

User avatar Hello,Lupus erythematosis is an auto immune disorder which is due to reaction of the body to self antigens.Discoid LE which is localized is relatively less of a problem compared with systemic LE.Excess sunlight,strong winds could precipitate the condition.Family history is seen occasionally.This condition could be chronic in a few but most would respond well to sunscreens,external steroids,and antimalarials which have immunomodulatory properties.Best wishes.

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