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Doctor insights on: Lupus Skin Rash After Sun Exposure

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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

Sun Exposure (Definition)

Sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body's protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin. Sunburn in a very light-skinned person may occur in less than 15 minutes of midday sun exposure, while a dark-skinned person may tolerate the ...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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Red rashes on the face and head only of 11 month old baby boy after sun exposure on the beach temporal temperature is 36.6 and very alert pls. Advise.

Red rashes on the face and head only of 11 month old baby boy after sun exposure on the beach temporal temperature is 36.6 and very alert pls. Advise.

Sounds like sunburn: A baby gets sunburn very easily. Even on a cloudy day, it is possible to get a sunburn, because uv light penetrates through clouds. I would strongly recommend to keep babies in a shade, not directly expose to any sunlight. A baby gets sunstroke more easily than older children as well. ...Read more

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Any kind of sun exposure & my forehead breaks out in a rash hives. Iput sunscreen on. I have only had the problem for the last 3yr no chge skin product?

Any kind of sun exposure & my forehead breaks out in a rash hives. Iput sunscreen on. I have only had the problem for the last 3yr no chge skin product?

? Solar urticaria: Or photosensitivity if on certain medications, avoid sun exposure as much as you can, sun screen is wise to use to avoid accidental exposure, OTC first generation antihistaminic as diphenhydramine can help reduce hives and itching, please check with a dermatologist / allergist for management, and possibly desensitization ...Read more

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Joint pain, muscle pain, facial rashes, tremors, itchy rashes after sun exposure, fatigue. Saw rheumatologist, all lupus tests negative+ blood normal?

Joint pain, muscle pain, facial rashes, tremors, itchy rashes after sun exposure, fatigue. Saw rheumatologist, all lupus tests negative+ blood normal?

See details: I am not sure what you are asking. You need to discuss the situation with your rheumatologist. There are patients with lupus who do not have positive blood tests. There are other explanations for your symptoms. Lupus remains an uncommon diagnosis in males so you may want to look for another explanation. ...Read more

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I am taking Plaquinel for skin lupus. Will I be able to be in the sun okay? Or will it still cause hives, rash, joint pain, exhaustion? Thanks

I am taking Plaquinel for skin lupus. Will I be able to be in the sun okay? Or will it still cause hives, rash, joint pain, exhaustion? Thanks

Sun is dangerous: However, there is nothing special about the plaquinel that I am aware of. Protect your skin, wear a broad brim hat, cover your skin, to prevent skin cancer and early aging. You can get all the effects you asked about, but relating it to the sun would be unpredictable in my opinion ...Read more

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I have joint pain, edema, sun rash, headaches, fatigue. All lupus tests — except Ro/SS-A was +. My rheum. Said a type of skin lupus. What kind is it?

I have joint pain, edema, sun rash, headaches, fatigue. All lupus tests — except Ro/SS-A was +. My rheum. Said a type of skin lupus. What kind is it?

Lupus: May be lupus with only skin manifestations. Lupus can affect almost all organs but may affect only one or two organ systems. Tests may be normal and confusing at times. Specific expert specialist advise is necessary ...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 are the signs of lupus without a skin rash?

See details: http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-diagnostic-criteria
The above link lists the diagnostic criteria. ...Read more

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How to know if I have lupus without a skin rash?

How to know if I have lupus without a skin rash?

Many symptoms: The classic malar (butterfly facial rash)rash is not present for a large percentage of patients with lupus. Other symptoms can include fevers, swollen joints, fatigue, confusion, chest pain, muscle pain or weakness, and many others. The only way to know is to see a board certified rheumatologist who can make the diagnosis based on lab tests, symptoms, physical exam, and history. See a rheumatologist. ...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

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I have hypothyroid. I have a skin rash on my hand and the top of my leg. My liver enzymes were high. Could it be lupus?

I have hypothyroid. I have a skin rash on my hand and the top of my leg. My liver enzymes were high. Could it be lupus?

Need more: A diagnosis of lupus requires way more testing than this. This would be an unusual location for a lupus skin rash. ...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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Any tests that can be done to diagnose lupus when skin rash not active? ANA historically negative. Had biopsy sugg. Of early conn. Tissue disease.

Any tests that can be done to diagnose lupus when skin rash not active? ANA historically negative. Had biopsy sugg. Of early conn. Tissue disease.

SLE diagnosis. : The diagnosis of lupus is really clinical, supported by consistent blood test findings. That being said, relevant blood testing for lupus includes ESR, cRP, ANA, dsDNA and anti-Sm. ...Read more

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Hi i have a skin rash my doctor said it was scabies. Didn't 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. Didn't 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?

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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Can you do a skin biopsy for lupus with no rash and it be positive for lupus?

Can you do a skin biopsy for lupus with no rash and it be positive for lupus?

Possible: Would require getting a location that has the characteristics of lupus on examination. Not sure of the odds, but it would be possible. ...Read more

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She discontained her medication for lupus alone & there is rash &itching appear on her skin. Is she can starta medication again with the same dose?

She discontained her medication for lupus alone & there is rash &itching appear on her skin. Is she can starta medication again with the same dose?

Questions: It is not clear why the patient stopped their medication. Talk to your rheumatologist about what happened and see what he or she says. ...Read more

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Would a skin biopsy for lupus still come up positive, even without a malar rash?

Would a skin biopsy for lupus still come up positive, even without a malar rash?

It can: There are many types of rash that can be seen in lupus. While the mal;ar or butterfly rash is the most common there are other lesions including the discoid rash of lupus. Many other rashes are also described as being seen in lupus. Even normal appearing skin can be positive for lupus using special stains and techniques. ...Read more

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My lupus flares are Skin manifestation only(malar rash)plus fatigue. But ESR n CRP keeps coming Normal including ANA.on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Was dx not correct?

Maybe, maybe not...: You may have a type of lupus called subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus(SCLE)which can often be a milder form of systemic lupus(SLE) and can be seen with normal inflammatory markers (ESR). Can also be Sjogren's. However, half of people with SCLE also meet criteria for full-blown SLE. SCLE patients can have more serious organ involvement than just skin that should be checked for. See rheumatologist ...Read more

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Can the rash after sun exposure and reynauds be associated?

Can the rash after sun exposure and reynauds be associated?

Not likely: The rash that you may develop may be just from the sun itself. In general reynauds is associated with coldness and not warmth, reguardless of exposure to sun. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for heat rash from too much sun exposure?

Is there a cure for heat rash from too much sun exposure?

Irritation?: If your skin is irritated from the sun, moisturize it, but if you have developed a superficial skin inflammation, you need to see your doctor for best advice on topical treatment. ...Read more

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Woke up with painful rash on my chest, deep red color looks like a sunburn, but no sun exposure. Anything to help sooth the pain.pics in my file.

Woke up with painful rash on my chest, deep red color looks like a sunburn, but no sun exposure.  Anything to help sooth the pain.pics in my file.

Dermatitis: Sudden development of a painful skin rash can be related to multiple different diseases. However, in healthy individuals, it is usually a contact dermatitis caused by coming in contact with an irritant. Avoid new soaps, detergents, clothing, foods, medicines, perfumes, deoderants, etc that may be causing irritation. ...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