I could never explain the rashes that would occur on my faces, particularly the cheek area. I could never explain the random spots that came over my arms and legs whenever I would go out in the sun or take a hot shower either. It wasn’t until I went to visit my dermatologist that I found out why… Photosensitivity.
Approximately two-thirds of people living with lupus will develop some type of skin disease. The skin disease is known as Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus. Skin diseases in lupus can cause rashes or sores, most of which occurs when the skin, in areas such as the face, ears, neck, arms and legs, is exposed to the sun.
There are 3 forms of Cutaneous Lupus
- Chronic Cutaneous (discoid) Lupus
- Subacute Cutaneous Lupus
- Acute Cutaneous Lupus
Preventative treatments are definitely a MUST as the sun can trigger a lupus flare. Preventative treatments in the simplest form are:
- Avoidance/protection from the sunlight and artificial UV light
- Seek shade
- Sunscreens- physical and chemical
The measures one has to go to in order to ensure their lupus is in control are many, but definitely well worth it in the end.