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ssh49tn posted:
What is the difference between discoid lupus & the systemic one? I was diagnosed with lupus in August '12, but they have never told me which type I have. So, I'm trying to figure it out! Right now, I'm starting remission, so am hopeful that I won't have a flare anytime soon!
lupylisa44 responded:
Discoid lupus affects the skin, systemic lupus affects the whole body.

A form of lupus dermatitis that can be isolated to the skin, without internal disease, is called discoid lupus . When internal organs are involved, the condition is referred to as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

With love, with patience and with faith, we'll make our way.
ssh49tn replied to lupylisa44's response:
Thanks for the info. I think SLE is the one I have, since more than my skin is affected. Time will tell. I just fought a round with the flu, & the dr told me because of the autoimmune disorder from the lupus is why it hit me so hard. For now, anyway, I seem to be in a period of remission with the itchy part. I still have the rash on my hands, nape of my neck, & cleavage, but it's not driving me crazy. Thank the Lord! Have a blessed day.

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