Dermatological complications among children can lead to lifelong health risks if not managed effectively and early. As a parent, it is important to recognize a dermatological skin disorder and seek medical attention when necessary, especially if that condition involves the development of discoid lupus erythematosus. As both a chronic and acute complication, DLE can be well managed even when the condition is not fully resolved.
Discoid lupus erythematosus, DLE, is a skin disorder that manifests as a red plaque, usually appearing first on your child’s face. Because the disorder can lead to plugging of the follicles, it is not uncommon for children with this skin disorder to develop acne and begin to lose their hair in addition to the plaque development. Because the symptoms are initially quite mild, as a parent you may not realize your child is experiencing a complication with DLE until such time as the acne and loss of hair is quite pronounced.
When not effectively managed, DLE can lead to scarring and loss of pigmentation in children who suffer from the skin disorder. Exposure to sunlight can further exacerbate the skin disorder and it is usually after a sun exposure, when the red plaques and lesions of discoid lupus erythematosus become more apparent, that parents often seek medical treatment for their child.
If your child has been confirmed as suffering from discoid lupus erythematosus, DLE, your pediatrician may want to begin treatment with an oral therapy, also referred to as systemic therapy. However, only in extreme cases of DLE should systemic therapy be considered. Instead, you will want to ask your pediatrician about other treatment options including the use of corticosteroid creams, supplemented with the use of monthly injections directly into the lesions. Injections are usually administered triamcinolone acetonide suspension.
While DLE is not life threatening, it can be the early indications of the development of systemic lupus. Ask your child’s pediatrician about regular testing into this area as it may be necessary to protecting your child’s long term health. In addition to systemic lupus, your child’s greatest health risk involves that of cosmetic abnormalities, and secondary psychological effects, from the development of scarring and loss of hair. To ensure your child obtain optimal recovery from DLE, seek medical attention early and manage the complications of the skin disorder before scarring and hair loss are a concern. While not all skin disorders can be prevented in children, they can be managed effectively to ensure long-term health complications are negated or well controlled.