Some autoimmune diseases affect the skin. One such disease is called lupus. When lupus causes skin symptoms, it is called cutaneous lupus. People who have cutaneous lupus experience rashes, most commonly a butterfly rash on the nose and cheeks. Ring- or coin-like rashes can appear on the scalp, face, ears, chest and back. For people with cutaneous lupus, dermatologists can help patients manage rashes when they flare.
People sometimes mistakenly worry that lupus is contagious, which it's not. In this video, Sarika Manoj Ramachandran, MD, a Yale Medicine dermatologist and medical director of the Branford location, explains more about the condition and how she cares for patients with cutaneous lupus.