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Lupus Rash On Stomach
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
See your doctor:
Warm shower ---not likely
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
Unlikely: Itching is generally not a major component of lupus rashes. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
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
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
Can a butterfly lupus rash come and go last at times hours and other times couple days? How long does it usually last?
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
Is there a way to know if a sore inside the nose is just a plain old zit or if it might be part of something like lupus? (rash biopsy possible lupus)
Yes: Please see your regular primary provider for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
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
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
Lupus: how can one get an easy DX? 1x butterfly rash (I think), 1x breakout of blister-like pimples on stomach, fatige, chest pain. Also, Any other ideas?
Dx lupus: Systemic lupus erythematosis is a very hard disease to diagnose. It can mimic many diseases. A butterfly rash on the face with atrophic changes in the skin is one. Other signs and symptoms include fatigue, photosensitivity, fever, weight loss, kidney disease, lung disease, heart disease, liver disease, nerve and brain disease. There are blood tests which can help. Several things must be +. ...Read more
Lupus is basically a form of "vasculitis" which affects small blood vessels such as those in the kidneys, joints (arthritis) and skin! The GI tract is generally unaffected! The MEDICATIONS used to TREAT Lupus are another story! Most of them have mild-moderate GI effects!
Speak with your Rheumatologist! (If you have not seen one you should!!! 0
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
Lupus and other: Connective tissue disorders can cause serositis, or irritation of the inside lining of your abdomen. But you can have any of the other abdominal conditions that people without lupus get. And if you are taking steroids, some of the severity of the symptoms might be masked. You need a real good doctor to figure this one out for you. ...Read more
Unlikely: Look for other much more common causes first, especially infectious causes. ...Read more