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How does lupus affect my skin?

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Lupus can make you more sensitive to the sun's UV rays. That can cause many skin changes. You may get is a butterfly-shaped rash on your nose and cheeks. Red, scaly bumps or patches can develop on your body. Coin-like patches called discoid lesions can appear on your body or scalp. You may also have skin trouble in other areas, such as:

  • Mouth or nose sores (ulcers)
  • Hair loss (but not baldness), called alopecia
  • White or blue fingers and toes in response to cold, known as Raynaud's phenomenon

From: How Lupus Affects Your Body WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Family Doctor: "Lupus."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Thinking, Memory and Lupus: What We Know and What We Can Do."

Johns Hopkins Lupus Center: "Nervous System."

Lupus Foundation of America: "What Is Lupus?" "How does lupus affect the skin?" "What is the best way to cope with hair loss?" "15 Questions: Kidney Issues and Lupus," "New Review Summarizes the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke Among People with Lupus," "How does lupus affect the lungs and pulmonary system?" "How does smoking affect people with lupus?" "Are there exercises I could do to keep myself healthy," "ABCs of nutrition," "How does lupus affect my eyes?"

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation: "Healthy Eating Tips for People with Lupus," "Can Lupus Affect My Brain?" "What You Should Know About Lupus: Easing Joint and Muscle Pain."

UpToDate: "Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Family Doctor: "Lupus."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Thinking, Memory and Lupus: What We Know and What We Can Do."

Johns Hopkins Lupus Center: "Nervous System."

Lupus Foundation of America: "What Is Lupus?" "How does lupus affect the skin?" "What is the best way to cope with hair loss?" "15 Questions: Kidney Issues and Lupus," "New Review Summarizes the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke Among People with Lupus," "How does lupus affect the lungs and pulmonary system?" "How does smoking affect people with lupus?" "Are there exercises I could do to keep myself healthy," "ABCs of nutrition," "How does lupus affect my eyes?"

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation: "Healthy Eating Tips for People with Lupus," "Can Lupus Affect My Brain?" "What You Should Know About Lupus: Easing Joint and Muscle Pain."

UpToDate: "Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

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