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
5
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cortizone-10)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(5 HTP TR)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (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 bruising 7 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Triamcinolone acetonide cream)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
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)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for discoid lupus erythematosus (3 evaluations)
Side effects
back pain pain in shoulder(s) 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(5 HTP TR)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (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?

  • 3 new patients joined this month
  • 595 say discoid lupus erythematosus is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 10
20s 128
30s 473
40s 1024
50s 1055
60s 500
70+ 123
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 38
20-29 years 75
30-39 years 61
40-49 years 56
50-59 years 20
60-69 years 4
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 159
Female 3208

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 316
Not Diagnosed 66

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