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How do medications treat cutaneous lupus erythematosus?

Because cutaneous lupus erythematosus causes inflammation of the skin, medications used to treat the disease focus on reducing this inflammation. Corticosteroid creams, applied to the skin, can have this effect. Antimalarial medications have also been found to improve the skin of people with cutaneous lupus erythematosus, even though malaria and lupus are not related.

There are some alternative treatments available that may help your cutaneous lupus erythematosus (discoid lupus erythematosus). These include supplements such as fish oil and flaxseed. However, it is very important to discuss any alternative treatments you are interested in with your doctor. In some cases these alternative treatments may interfere with the treatment your doctor has outlined. In other cases, the risks of alternative treatments are little studied or unknown.

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