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what does a butterfly rash look like in lupus

A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Pitting not arthriti: Pitting is not arthritis but occurs with edema and fluid collection. This could be a lupus flare but depending on you medication, labooratory studies ... Read More

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: The red face can be seen in a variety of settings especially rosacea and needs to be differentiated from a lupus rash.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Dilated blood vessel: The redness is due to the increased blood flow with an increased number of tiny blood vessels. If you magnify the rash you will see these vessels. It ... Read More
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Inflammation: It is caused by an inflammatory reaction in the skin.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: Rosacea causes very similar findings and is fairly common.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Cheekbones rash: Systemic lupus erythematosus, sle, lupus, is an auto-immune disorder in which a person's immune system is reacting strongly against parts of his own b ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: There are a variety rashes that can mimic the butterfly. Rosacea is the most common to differentiate. There are ways to tell to a point.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lages
67 years experience Rheumatology
No: It is one of eleven criteria to diagnose , but in itself it can be due to many less harmful things including normal reaction tossing.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Birnbaum
50 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: In reality, only a minority of lupus patients have a classic "butterfly" rash. Less specific rashes, joint pain, fatigue, sun sensitivity, and many o ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: There are several different signs and symptoms of lupus---check out the lupus foundation's website.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Absolutely: Many presentations of sle are very different. A malar rash is only one of many presenting clinical problems. Only 30 percent of sle pts coming to a rh ... Read More
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