11 Symptoms Used to Diagnose Lupus

Lupus can be tricky to diagnose, so consult a doctor if you think you might have symptoms.

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Discoid rash

A discoid rash is "fairly classic" in lupus, says Dr. Gilkeson. The disc-shaped patches appear red and raised, and typically develop on the face, scalp, and neck. They often leave scars.

While relatively common in SLE, discoid rashes can also stand alone in a diagnosis of discoid lupus, a type that affects only the skin. The singer Seal has been diagnosed with discoid lupus and has facial scars as a result.

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