Discoid lupus erythematosus

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What is discoid lupus erythematosus?

A chronic form of cutaneous lupus erythematosus that is characterized by the presence of discoid skin plaques showing varying degrees of swelling , redness, scaliness, and skin atrophy. The condition typically involves the face and scalp, but it can be more widespread.

Common symptoms reported by people with discoid lupus erythematosus

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with discoid lupus erythematosus

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Treatment name(s)

(Triamcinolone acetonide cream)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortizone-10)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Actiq)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2) discoid lupus erythematosus (1)

Data from patients with discoid lupus erythematosus, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with discoid lupus erythematosus

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for discoid lupus erythematosus (6 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Triamcinolone acetonide cream)
Perceived effectiveness
for discoid lupus erythematosus (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortizone-10)
Perceived effectiveness
for discoid lupus erythematosus (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for discoid lupus erythematosus (2 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea and vomiting
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Actiq)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2) discoid lupus erythematosus (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with discoid lupus erythematosus, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has discoid lupus erythematosus on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 6
20s 104
30s 367
40s 692
50s 616
60s 217
70+ 43
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 38
20-29 years 71
30-39 years 58
40-49 years 53
50-59 years 19
60-69 years 4
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

95% Female
5% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 282
Not Diagnosed 19

These charts show data from discoid lupus erythematosus patients who have completed their condition history
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