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Subacute Cutaneous Lupus: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


Subacute Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (SCLE) is a condition under lupus erythematosus, which is an autoimmune disorder where the human immune system becomes hyperactive, and attacks the healthy tissues.
SCLE affects people between 15-70 years; it is more common amongst people in their 40s.

- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Subacute in nature.
- Causes skin lesions
- Mild systemic symptoms.
- Resembles eczema or psoriasis.
- An autoimmune disorder.
- More common in white women.
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Lab tests and physical examination are often required.

The skin lesions usually appear in the sun-exposed areas of the body like the neckline or forearms, but not on the face. It is normally associated with autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome. The lesions are also photosensitive. They usually heal without scarring but vitiligo-like hypopigmentation may occur. The main causes of the condition are exposure to UV rays, stress and genetic factors.


1. Red, scaly, thick lesions
2. Painful or itchy sores at times
3. Skin discoloration and scarring
4. Falling hair in case of lesions on the scalp


Self care: Sun avoidance and protection is recommended.
Medications: Topical corticosteroid and drug treatment should be taken under a doctor’s guidance and prescription.
Specialists: Consult a doctor if the symptoms are evident and the condition worsens. At mfine, we provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans for all health concerns.

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