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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Rosacea And Lupus Rash

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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

Dr. Emily Altman
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Lupus Rash (Definition)

Lupus rash, also known as malar rash, is a red, purple, or blue, scaling rash on the cheeks and across the bridge of the nose giving the characteristic "butterfly" appearance. While commonly associated with Lupus, it can also occur in several "Lupus-Like" syndromes, often related to medications ...Read more


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What is the difference between a rosacea and a lupus rash?

What is the difference between a rosacea and a lupus rash?

Big difference: Rosacea tends to be a reactive process in response to various stimulants that may eventually produce long term skin changes such as rhinophyma that are commonly treated with avoidance and antibiotics whereas lupus is associated with a "butterfly" rash that is a manifestation of an underlying autoimmune disease that are commonly treated with steroids. ...Read more

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What is the difference between roseca and lupus rash?

What is the difference between roseca and lupus rash?

See below: A nasal redness, enlargement and roughening, often attributed to alcohol ingestion is quite different from lupus rashes. They typically affect the malar (cheek) region and nasal bridge, with or without scarring (depending on regular lupus or discoid lupus. ...Read more

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For lupus Rash, which cream is better; PROTOPIC 0.1% or ELIDEL (pimecrolimus) 1%? and please describe the difference between the two. Thanks.

For lupus Rash, which cream is better; PROTOPIC 0.1% or ELIDEL (pimecrolimus) 1%? and please describe the difference between the two. Thanks.

Protopic.: Protopic and Elidel (pimecrolimus) are calcineurin inhibitors -- anti-inflammatory topical medications. Most dermatologists (me included) feel that Protopic works better than Elidel (pimecrolimus), and neither works as well as steroid creams on inflammatory skin diseases such as lupus - but they lack the steroid-related side effect risks, so worth a try before going to a steroid cream. ...Read more

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Does Rosacea appear Brown after Sun exposure? Does Lupus Malar appear Brown after Sun exposure? What type of Butterfly Rash turns Brown in Sun?

Does Rosacea appear Brown after Sun exposure? Does Lupus Malar appear Brown after Sun exposure? What type of Butterfly Rash turns Brown in Sun?

Malar rash: Melasma is a very common patchy brown, tan, or blue-gray facial skin discoloration, usually seen in women in the reproductive years. It typically appears on the upper cheeks, upper lip, forehead, and chin. Lupus may cause a butterfly rash which can be exacerbated by the sun. A malar rash associated with lupus may be erythematous (red) or brown. ...Read more

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Why someone 15 minutes in the Sun and he will get Malar rash butterfly shape on face? Is it lupus? Isn't rosacea soberiac dermatitis different shape

Why someone 15 minutes in the Sun and he will get Malar rash butterfly shape on face? Is it lupus? Isn't rosacea soberiac dermatitis different shape

Needs Dermatologist: Butterfly rash of Lupus is red or purplish. It involves the bridge of the nose. Note it spares the nasolabial folds of the face. Patient can get blood tests to clarify ...Read more

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Any other causes of malar rash besides lupus & lyme? It definitely isn't rosacea or seb derm due to appearance

Any other causes of malar rash besides lupus & lyme? It definitely isn't rosacea or seb derm due to appearance

See details: Lyme does not cause a malar rash. The most common cause is rosacea. If you have lupus, the logical cause is lupus. ...Read more

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Why would a dermatologist assume a Malar rash is Rosacea and not Lupus because it is not a raised rash? I have read Lupus can appear as flat lesions?

Why would a dermatologist assume a Malar rash is Rosacea and not Lupus because it is not a raised rash? I have read Lupus can appear as flat lesions?

Rosacea vs lupus: Malar rash of lupus is flat or mildly raised.

It spares nasolabial folds.

Difficult cases may need a biopsy and immunoflorescence can clinch the diagnosis ...Read more

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What does a lupus rash usually look like?

Lupus Rash: There is the classic malar (butterfly) rash across the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. But this rash is actually uncommon. Follow this link to read much more:

http://www. Lupus. Org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/new_empty. Aspx? Articleid=453&zoneid=76. ...Read more

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Could you please help me! I've had an itchy rash that has lasted four months. Lupus rash?

Could you please help me! I've had an itchy rash that has lasted four months. Lupus rash?

Unlikely: Itching is generally not a major component of lupus rashes. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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If I am taking Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) everyday for about year should the lupus rash not occur.

If I am taking Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) everyday for about year should the lupus rash not occur.

See your doc: Generally the answer is no. A mild rash may be acceptable or it could be a sign that your lupus is not under control. You may need an increased dose or different medication. Speak with your doctor about these concerns. ...Read more

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What does lupus rash on legs look like?

What does lupus rash on legs look like?

See details: It can take several forms. It is best to see a dermatologist if you are concerned. Do you actually have lupus or are you just concerned? ...Read more

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Does or can a lupus rash itch?

Does or can a lupus rash itch?

Lupus: Lupus can present with different rashes and some of them can itch, you need to see your doctor to determine what type of rash you have, it may be unrelated. ...Read more

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How to recognise a lupus rash?

How to recognise a lupus rash?

Butterfly facialrash: The classic malar rash is a red, scaling rash on the cheeks extending over the bridge of the nose but not in the grooves between the nose and the cheeks (nasolabial folds). The rash can be present in other diseases and you must have other features of lupus for the diagnosis. A rheumatologist can make the diagnosis based on lab tests, symptoms, physical exam, and history. Call your doc if concerned ...Read more

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Can a butterfly lupus rash come and go last at times hours and other times couple days? How long does it usually last?

Can a butterfly lupus rash come and go last at times hours and other times couple days? How long does it usually last?

See details: It can wax and wane and is often worse after sun exposure. It may be a permanent issue or it may resolve with treatment. ...Read more

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Fastest way to get rid of lupus rash?

Fastest way to get rid of lupus rash?

See a dermatologist: Several prescription preparations can help you with the rash, consult a dermatologist for your options. ...Read more

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Can a lupus rash go into the nasal folds on the side of the nose?

Usually not...: The rash of lupus usually does not affect the creases that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth... But usually does not mean never. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have ringworm or lupus rash?

How to tell if I have ringworm or lupus rash?

See a dermatologist: It would be very easy for a dermatologist to tell you if you have ringworm by doing a simple scraping. It is not difficult to tell the difference. ...Read more

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Can a lupus rash be so mild it looks like blush or a light sun burn or like "flushed"?

Can a lupus rash be so mild it looks like blush or a light sun burn or like "flushed"?

Lupus rash: Can resemble sunburn, but if that's the only finding, it is much more likely to be sunburn than lupus. Any knee or ankle swelling, any shortness of breath, weight loss or hair loss? ...Read more

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Just baught organic coconut oil for the lupus rash on face. How long should I leave it on face before washing? Or should I let it be fully absorbed?

Just baught organic coconut oil for the lupus rash on face. How long should I leave it on face before washing? Or should I let it be fully absorbed?

Have heard of Rx: Never heard of coconut oil as a treatment for lupus rash but it is a good moisturizer and you can leave it on as long as you want (within reasons). ...Read more

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Can lupus rash be all over face and forehead ears etc... Or is it only occurs on the cheeks and nose bridge only?

Can lupus rash be all over face and forehead ears etc... Or is it only occurs on the cheeks and nose bridge only?

Not only on nose: There are many forms of lupus. The butterfly rash is well described but the rash not only need to be there it can occur on other facial areas a well as the trunk. Males tend to be less prone but lupus occurs in them as well. The best test is to see a rheumatologist or your primary as a start. A few simple blood tests can rule out lupus quickly. ...Read more

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Malar rash+fatigue, last CBC show slight up htc, rbc, normalt3, t4, tsh, c3, c4, urea, creatinine, ANA -ve, more epistaxis, I am panic bcuz rash like lupus rash

Malar rash+fatigue, last CBC show slight up htc, rbc, normalt3, t4, tsh, c3, c4, urea, creatinine, ANA -ve, more epistaxis, I am panic bcuz rash like lupus rash

See details: I would doubt lupus. The rash is more likely to be rosacea. Epistaxis is not a feature of lupus especially if the CBC is normal. Look for other causes. ...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

Dr. John Chiu
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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


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more