Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues all throughout the body. Because of this, lupus can present symptoms in areas such as the joints, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs. The most common form of lupus is systemic lupus erythematosus.
Cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) is a form of lupus that specifically attacks the skin. CLE can manifest in those already with lupus, or it can occur on its own. In fact, CLE is very common in people who already have lupus and occurs in about 85% of those with lupus.