Seal, a well-known pop singer and songwriter, is the perfect example of a person who proves he can succeed in life in spite of ailments. Throughout his life, Seal has battled a disease that left him marked with noticeable facial scars.
In his childhood, Seal was afflicted with a disease called discoid lupus erythematosus.
The disease left Seal with half-moon scars on his face and hair loss. Though it embarrassed and depressed him, Seal says he learned to live with it and later considered it as a kind of omen for stardom.
What is Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?
Discoid lupus erythematosus affects only the skin and is caused by an autoimmune disease. Primarily this happens when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system.
When other organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and nervous system are affected by this disease, it is called systemic lupus erythematosus and it can be very serious. It affects women more and can even lead to pregnancy complications.
Treatment varies according to signs and symptoms, and includes staying out of the sun, cortizone medicine, malaria medicine and medications for a malfunctioning immune system. The road to recovery should also include avoiding stress, as well as plenty of rest and relaxation.