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What Is External Lupus
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
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
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
Can a butterfly lupus rash come and go last at times hours and other times couple days? How long does it usually last?
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.
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
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
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
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
My dsdna double strand reference was 3.45 and very symptomatic. S this a positive for lupus how is it scored?
Possibly: This is one of the many blood tests used to diagnose lupus. You should consult your rheumatologist to have them run a full battery of tests ...Read more
This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... I'm 27 I want to feel normal. But I don't think ill ever be "normal" again. :/?
See below: Go the lupus foundation of america's website to find a support group for lupus patients near you. I think you would find this beneficial and you would also learn how other patients cope with the disease. ...Read more
Not likely: Why worry about 3 disorders, as you likely possess one unifying diagnosis to explain your problems. A good place to start is with an endocrinologist to deal with diabetes and the complications secondary to this. Focus on these issues, and later, if things seem peculiar look into co-morbities. Lastly, if you possess diabetes and lupus, doubt you have ms in addition. ...Read more
Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary
Rheumatologic issues: The specific diagnosis of lupus wouldn't run in families as much as the tendency towards rheumatologic conditions in general - that tendency runs in families - lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma. Can find all of these in family lineages. Have a good history/physical exam/blood testing coordinated by Rheumatologist. ...Read more