Some autoimmune diseases affect more than your overall health. They can alter the way you look as well, and that means dermatologists can be on the front lines of diagnosing many of these conditions. “If the rash presents before system symptoms, such as joint pain, muscle aches, etc., we usually see the patients first, before a general practitioner,” says Soheil Simzar, MD, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, California.
But no matter which doctor you go to first, “treating the cause will help prevent the skin manifestation,” he says.
Here are some of the most common autoimmune diseases that have physical symptoms and how you can treat them.