Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)

Discoid lupus is a mild form of lupus that only affects the skin. It causes symptoms such as:

  • red, circular, scaly marks on the skin that can thicken and scar
  • hair loss
  • permanent bald patches

DLE can usually be successfully controlled using medication and by avoiding exposure to direct sunlight. DLE usually only affects the skin but, in some cases, it can progress to the body’s tissues and and organs.