Is there only one form of lupus?

When most people refer to lupus, they mean systemic lupus. This is the most common form and refers to the autoimmune disease that is a chronic illness impacting the body's joints and organs. However, there are other forms of lupus. These include:

  • Neonatal lupus. This form of lupus occasionally occurs in newborns born of a mother with systemic lupus. This disease typically lasts only a few months before all symptoms disappear.
  • Discoid or cutaneous lupus erythematosus. This form of lupus impacts only the skin and occurs as disc-shaped rashes or scaly patches.
  • Drug-induced lupus erythematosus. Some drugs cause symptoms similar to systemic lupus. This disease disappears once medication is stopped.

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