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I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

I have  recurring flares of  rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back.  My ANA is 6:40.  I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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What are symptoms of lupus in a child ?Can you have lupus without the butterfly rash?

What are symptoms of lupus in a child ?Can you have lupus without the butterfly rash?

Lupus: The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, are: extreme fatigue (tiredness), headaches, painful or swollen joints, fever, anemia (low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume), swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes, pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy). Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose, others. ...Read more

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Can you have lupus without any sort of rashes? Does it cause. Utis?

Can you have lupus without any sort of rashes? Does it cause. Utis?

While there are: Characteristic rashes in sle, this is not required for diagnosis. Utis are not associated. ...Read more

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Can you have lupus without the classic "butterfly rash"?

Yes: In reality, only a minority of lupus patients have a classic "butterfly" rash. Less specific rashes, joint pain, fatigue, sun sensitivity, and many other symptoms can raise a suspicion of lupus. The diagnosis is usually confirmed by laboratory testing. If the diagnosis is unclear, consult woth a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 200 to 400 mg daily is often effective in treating and preventing lupus skin rash. Ask your doctor about the potential side effects and benefits. ...Read more

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How do lupus rashes start out? Do you start itching first? Or getting flushed in the face?

How do lupus rashes start out? Do you start itching first? Or getting flushed in the face?

Variable: It is frustrating to many, but true. There are different rashes associated with lupus and many don't itch, but some do. If this is a single symptom so far - you will probably find an uncertain diagnosis based either on global facial flushing or itchy skin. Try not to panic and try to find a doctor you can express your worries to. Many early disease signs are unclear - therapists can help. ...Read more

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I have lupus & very sensitive skin what kind of sunscreen or block do you recommend or what other things should I do to prevent skin rashes?

See below: The recent consumer reports had an excellent article about the best rated sunscreens on the market. The key is reapply frequently and avoid sun exposure during the peak hours during the day. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more