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Lupus erythematosus is a disease that can be limited only to the skin, and this is known as cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Find out how lupus can cause little red plaques in sun-exposed areas with help from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video on skin care and dermatology.

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Hello I'm Dr. Loretta Ciraldo board certified dermatologist and author of Six Weeks to Sensational Skin. This clip is about lupus skin problems. Lupus erythematosus is a disease which takes two forms. In one form the lupus is limited only to the skin, and we call this cutaneous lupus erythematosus. If your doctor tells you that you have a rash of lupus, which can be either little red plaques, sometimes in the more sun exposed areas, sometimes in your ear or the backs of your arms. Then, your doctor should take a blood test to be sure that the lupus is only in your skin. If the lupus is in your body we call it systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE, and then the skin problems can be a little bit more wide spread and they can also affect your hair. Most commonly SLE will give you not only a rash here, but also thinning of your hair. This is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo in Miami.

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