Four Types of Lupus
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, there are 4 types of Lupus:
1. Discoid Lupus: confined to the skin, characterized by lesions (rash) on neck, scalp, cheeks and other areas of the skin exposed to ultrviolet light. The rash is raised, scaly and red but not itchy.
2. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)- may cause inflammation in numerous parts of the body with skin and joint involvement as well as the kidneys, central nervous system, multiple organs and the blood
3. Drug-Induced Lupus: caused by certain prescribed durgs that create lupus similar to SLE. However, it rarely affects the kidneys or the central nervous system. The drugs most commonly involved are - hydrazaline, procainamide, qunidine, pencillamine and asonaizid.
4. Neonatal Lupus: this term is used to describe three major symptoms found in newborns - rash, abnormal blood platelets, anemia and other abnormalities and rareley, congenital heart block.