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Lupus

External lupus

10/21/1998

Question:

My husband (white male, 54 yrs. old) was diagnosed a couple of years ago with `external lupus`. He has sensitivity to sun and the energy level is not so great. What can we expect long term and can a certain diet make the situtation better? Thanks for your help.

Answer:

Cutaneous lupus is confined to the skin, whereas systemic lupus may involve not only the skin, but any of the other organ systems in the body.

The symptoms of cutaneous lupus may include a variety of different looking skin rashes, photosensitivity (where exposure to ultra-violet light triggers a rash)

There are no special diets.

A dermatologist will help with treatment.

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Response by:

Evelyn V Hess, MD,MACP,MACR Evelyn V Hess, MD,MACP,MACR
Professor Emeritus
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati