Collagen Vascular Disease
Lupus is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder that can affect the skin called Cutaneous Lupus or affect multiple organ systems known as Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE). Lupus is frequently associated with a “Butterfly Rash”, a facial reddening, similar to the shape of a butterfly, spanning both cheeks and the bridge of the nose. This characteristic rash occurs in many Lupus cases, but not all.
How is Lupus Treated?
Cutaneous Lupus may only affect the skin. A sun protective skin regimen may be developed with your provider for skin health. Your Dermatology provider can help diagnose lupus and its effect on other body systems. SLE may be treated with oral medications.
Scleroderma is an excess in the production of collagen resulting in hardening of the skin and can affect internal organs. When Scleroderma only affects the skin, it is referred to as Localized Scleroderma causing various pigmentary and texture changes. Scleroderma cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be treated through medications to help manage and prevent further disease progression.