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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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Hi i have a skin rash my doctor said it was scabies. Didnt do any test but im wondering if they have it wrong as i have lupus maybe it could just be a flare up?

Hi i have a skin rash my doctor said it was scabies. Didnt do any test but im wondering if they have it wrong as i have lupus maybe it could just be a flare up?

Different appearance: The rash of scabies usually differs greatly in appearance and symptoms. The confusion would be unlikely, but if in doubt, seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Pos ana-- lupus symptoms but more celiac with bloating, blister like skin rash.. What should I do? Tests?

Pos ana-- lupus symptoms but more celiac with bloating, blister like skin rash.. What should I do?  Tests?

What has been done: To answer your physician needs to know what has been done. The questions you ask can be clarified by your laboratory studies. Because a positive ANA is a beginning and as you ask more tests are necessary. You and your physician can best approach this by looking at what test you have now and what test you need later. ...Read more

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Skin rash, 7 years, no diagnosis after consultations with 9 prominent dermatologists!?

Skin rash, 7 years, no diagnosis after consultations with 9 prominent dermatologists!?

??: Is there a question we can answer? Have they done biopsies? Too little information for such a longstanding problems. ...Read more

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Should i go see a dermatologist or my primary doctor for these skin rashes?

Should i go see a dermatologist or my primary doctor for these skin rashes?

Rash: It will be cheaper to consult your primary care proivider. Howecver, complex rashes may be problematic for your pcp to diagnose. In that case, s/he will refer you to the dermatologist. ...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?

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

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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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For skin rash is it better to see an allergist or dermatologist?

For skin rash is it better to see an allergist or dermatologist?

Depends: It depends on what is causing the rash and how it looks.... Sometimes your regular medical doctor (internist/pediatrician/fp) can help you decide. If it is red, itchy then an allergist is usually a good idea. If it's dark then a dermatologist is a good idea. This is just a general "rule of thumb"... ...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