Slather on the steroids!
A Lupus Foundation of America research report about a new drug, Efalizumab, in the Treatment of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus discusses the following about discoid lupus.
Discoid lupus is a form of lupus that affects the skin (cutaneous lupus). In most cases the discoid lupus rash appears on the face, neck, or scalp, though it can also show up on other areas of the skin. Severe discoid lupus may result in scarring. The treatments that are used most often for severe discoid lupus are strong immunosuppressants that may have significant side effects, especially when used over long periods of time.
A search on www.webmd.com for drugs used to treat discoid lupus, returned a list that included oral Plaquenil/hydroxychloroquine (brand name/generic,) Thalomid, and Thalidomide, the injectable drugs Kenalog, triamcinolone acetonide and Aristospan Intralesional, and a very long list of 106 different topical steroid medications for application to the lupus discoid skin lesions.
Drugs for Cutaneous Lupus
Thalidomide is a drug that has a strong negative stigma about its known relationship to birth defects in the babies of women who used it during pregnancy for their morning sickness. It has been found to be effective in treating some cases of lupus.