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Does lupus cause you to get rashes and sores on your skin?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Yes: People with lupus can have a variety of cutaneous manifestations. There are many rashes from lupus but people with lupus can also get rashes that are not from lupus. You need a dermatology evaluation because different rashes need different therapies. If the rash is from lupus that needs direct attention. There are topical, oral and injection therapies and specific rashes need specific rx.
Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes it can: Two classic rashes are the 'butterfly" shaped rash on cheeks, and circular red rashes called "discoid" lesions; either can occur in either the superficial skin form or the systemic form of lupus. Rashes tend to worsen after sun exposure. Other rashes are common. Diagnosis is important and a rheumatologist and dermatologist can be helpful.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What can I do to deal with rashes from lupus? Are there any good remedies for skin rashes caused by lupus?

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Dr. Patricia Cagnoli
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
This : This is a very broad question since lupus rashes can be very different one form another. In general avoidance of sun exposure is recommended, at least during the hours of 11 - 4 and even complete avoidance for those patients that will have a rash every time the are out in the sun. The use of protecting clothing such as long sleeves, wide brim hats, long pants is recommened when outside. There is a line of uv filtering clothing that can be found online that is quite helpful particularly during summer. The use of sunscreen with spf 50 or above consistently year round and keeping in mind that uncovered fluorescent lights can also trigger a rash in very sun sensitive patients. There areof course several medications to treat the rashes including steroids, topical or by mouth, antimalarials great drugs to treat skin lupus, dapsone, thalidomide, and in some very severe cases immunosuppresive drugs.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can vodka cause a skin rash?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Skin rash: Yes vodka can cause hives or perleche which is due to a vitamin deficiency induced by vodka.

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