Autoimmune Diseases

What are The Different Types?

Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
Discoid lupus erythematosus is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflammation and scarring type skin lesions, which occur on the face, ears, and scalp, as well as other body areas at times. These lesions develop as an inflamed growth with a scaly and wart-like appearance. This can even occur on the scalp causing permanent scarring and hair loss. Treatment options include cortisone ointments, cortisone injections, and prescription medications, which suppress the immune system.

Dermatomyositis (DM)
Dermatomyositis is a tissue disorder resulting in inflammatory and degenerative changes of the muscles and skin. These irregularities may begin with pain and weakness along muscles in the upper arms, hips, and thighs. Patients affected by it often see reddish-purple rashes on the upper eyelids, across the cheeks, bridge of the nose and the forehead. Ointments can help ease pain and discomfort and Dr. Diggs may recommend adding an oral medication to help manage the negative effects.

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease caused by small area inflammation and affects multiple organs in the body. The inflammation can affect the lungs ability to hold as much oxygen as healthy lungs, as well as making it difficult to move oxygen into the bloodstream. This condition can display symptoms on the skin with round bumps on the face, around the mouth, nose, and eyelids, or on other areas of the body. While its cause is unknown, the good news is most cases are exclusive to one area, temporary and can even heal itself over time.

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If you think you are experiencing any of the above conditions, call Dr. Shauna Diggs’ office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Shauna Diggs and her staff are ready to help find you find an inclusive solution to your skin concerns.