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Lupus Rash Behind Ear
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
See your doctor: Warm shower ---not likely sun---yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can a lupus rash look like a sun burn? I keep getting bright red areas on shoulders/forarms, sometimes blotchy...Then in like 3-4 hours its gone...
Not lupus: Transient rashes as you describe would not be due to lupus. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Unlikely: Itching is generally not a major component of lupus rashes. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
If I am taking Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) everyday for about year should the lupus rash not occur.
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