Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) is a skin disease in which the body's immune system attacks healthy skin cells, mistaking them for a foreign invader. Symptoms of Discoid Lupus include inflammation and scarring of the affected area. Lesions often appear with Discoid Lupus. Lesions tend to be lighter in color with a darker outer rim. Women are three times more likely then men to get Discoid Lupus. The average victim of Discoid Lupus is a woman in her 30's. Steroid creams can be used to reduce the inflammation of Discoid Lupus. It is not yet known what causes the immune system to attack the healthy cells.

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Q:Is it transferred through skin to skin contact?(Joe Murray)
No, Discoid Lupus can not be transmitted through contact and is not contagious.

Q: Why are women more likely to get this? (CRICH)

Q: Does the average age for victims vary between males and females? (D. Antunes)
No, the average age of those diagnosed are in their 20's or 30's whether they are male or female.

Q. How does steroid cream help reduce the inflammation of Discoid Lupus? (A.Donaldson)
The creams contain either corticosteroids or retinoids, which are anti-inflammatory and help heal the active lesions.

Q. Can DLE be fatal? (C.Chapman)
Occasionally, Discoid Lupus can develop ino systematic Lupus, which attacks the organs as well as skin. This form of lupus can be fatal.