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What Does The Butterfly Mask In Lupus Look Like
What does mild swelling look like with barely to no pitting I have lupus and severe pain fevers and butterfly rash fatigue;lupus flare?
May be confusion?: Lupus can affect the respiratory system in a variety of ways, but I am not clear what is meant by this phrase "lupus emphysema" and suspect that there may be a misunderstanding here. Lupus can be associated with inflammatory reactions of the lung tissue or lining of the lung, lung scarring ("fibrosis"), or diaphragm. A consultation with a pulmonologist (lung specialist) may be needed to clarify. ...Read more
Each person differen: T one time it is said there are 1400 different types of lupus. It can be skin, blood vessel inflammation, mucus membranes, brain, lungs, heart, kidney and a variety of laboratory tests from a + ANA, antinuclear antibody, low blood counts, urine protein and casts, etc. Your physicians can help you or have you see a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Recently diagnosis with lupus diagnosis with MS in 2003. Could I have had lupus all this time instead of ms? My neuro now thinks my lesions don't look like ms
Sort this out ASAP: Lupus is one of the diseases that may mimic MS, and very critical to pin down correct diagnosis. I do not have sufficient information to guide this, but if you are encountering uncertainty, get a second opinion ASAP. A rheumatologist could be very helpful regarding the lupus question. Might also, consider anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome in addition. ...Read more
No evidence!: No evidence that this is so.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
No: It is one of eleven criteria to diagnose, but in itself it can be due to many less harmful things including normal reaction tossing. ...Read more
Yes: Though the butterfly rash on the cheeks is common, it is not always present. Some patients may never have an evident malar rash (the technical name). Interestingly, the name of the disease, which is latin for "wolf, " is based on the fanciful idea that the rash makes faces look wolf-like. ...Read more
No: They are totally unrelated diseases.Get a more detailed answer ›
Becuase it is shaped:
Because the rash is shaped angularly like butterfly wings: the torse being the nose and the rash spreading wider across the cheeks.
Many facial rashes can resemble the malar rash of sle. Tests can differentiate! ...Read more
The butterfly or malar rash is one of several signs or symptoms but you do not have to have it to have lupus.
It is unusual to have both systemic lupus with psoriasis though it can happen. If one has psoriasis, that individual is more apt to have psoriatic arthritis than lupus.
See a rheumatologist to clarify what exactly you have. ...Read more
Yes: There are several different signs and symptoms of lupus---check out the lupus foundation's website. ...Read more
Not always lupus: A malar or "butterfly" rash is one of the signs of possible lupus, but other rashes can appear similar, including eczema, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, and others. A complete history, physical exam, and possible skin biopsy and/or blood test can usually distinguish between these rashes. ...Read more
What happens if I have a the butterfly rash on face, is there is possibility that it is not lupus?
Yes: In reality, only a minority of lupus patients have a classic "butterfly" rash. Less specific rashes, joint pain, fatigue, sun sensitivity, and many other symptoms can raise a suspicion of lupus. The diagnosis is usually confirmed by laboratory testing. If the diagnosis is unclear, consult woth a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Sometimes painful: The classic malar butterfly 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 painful or itchy but 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
Sun: Typically related to sun sensitivity, but not always. ...Read more
Thin skin: Thin area around the nose/cheeks is very sensitive to sun and the first to show sle signs. ...Read more
Yes: Only 10-20% of people with lupus have this finding. ...Read more
The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, are:
extreme fatigue (tiredness),
painful or swollen joints,
anemia (low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume),
swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes,
pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy).
Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose,
others. ...Read more