Two skin conditions that share some of the same symptoms are rosacea and eczema. The conditions can cause irritation, low self esteem, and embarrassment at times. However, if you have either one you shouldn’t feel embarrassed and you should remain confident. To determine if you have rosacea or eczema, there are differences that will let you determine which condition you may or may not have. Here is a look at some of the similarities and differences between the two conditions and some ways in which to treat them.

One difference between the two conditions is where the rash or flare up is occurring. Eczema can flare up on all parts of the body ranging from the hands, feet, face, and other locations. Rosacea on the other hand only appears on the face near the nose, forehead, cheeks, and eyes. If you are experiencing dry skin and irritating flare ups on other parts of your body and not on your face, you most likely have eczema and not rosacea.

The skin conditions when they are flaring up can look similar in appearance. The skin will turn red for both, but eczema is typically more dry and scaly. Eczema will have an intense itching sensation that can produce fluids, blood, inflammation, and flaky skin. Rosacea will also cause inflammation but will also show dilated blood vessels, red flushing on the face, pimples, dry eyes, styes, and increased sensitivity around the eyes.

Both skin conditions are common yet treatable. Eczema occurs when people have very dry skin and anyone can suffer from it. Rosacea is usually found with people who are fair skinned and only affects a certain part of your body unlike eczema. There are similarities and differences with the skin conditions, yet they can be treated very similarly. One of the best ways to treat both conditions is to keep your skin moisturized. For people with rosacea, it is more important to moisturize the face unlike eczema where you need to moisture most of your body that has dry skin.

Treating both should be done with organic products that don’t have harsh chemicals and maintaining a healthy diet. Eating the right foods with natural moisturizers and vitamins can make a difference in the amount of flare ups you will have. Eczema can be treated with moisturizers such as lotion or eczema oil. Rosacea can be treated with facial moisturizers and topical creams. You shouldn’t use the same moisturizers to treat both conditions. Rosacea needs to be a salt mineral base and eczema needs to be more vitamin based.


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46 Comments on Lupus And Eczema

  1. piratefan says:

    Are a Lupus rash and Eczema linked to one another?
    My grandmother passed away in 2001, primarily due to Lupus. I’ve been worried that I may have/get Lupus (since it is a genetically transmitted disease). I have common flare ups of a rash that i thought was eczema, but recently have thought could be related to Lupus. Could Lupus cause Eczema? Are they linked somehow?
    Thanks!

    • Linda R says:

      Lupus is not genetically transmitted. You MAY inherit a genetic predisposition to lupus, but it requires triggers to develop the disease. There are many cases of genetically identical twins where one develops lupus and the other does not.

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your own health tissue. The exact cause is unknown.

      The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it’s thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to unknown triggers.

      Lupus of the skin is diagnosed by skin biopsy. Eczema may require some allergy testing.

      In addition, eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma.

      Some people may suffer “flare-ups” of the itchy rash in response to certain substances or conditions.

      See a dermatologist.

  2. Bobby Lou says:

    Can lupus resemble eczema?
    I have dry skin. I think its eczema but i does eczema and lupus look a like?

    • mgunnycappo says:

      There are four types of Lupus. Systemic, Discoid (Skin), Drug Induced and Neonatal. You are talking about Discoid Lupus which, as stated above by Linda, does not start internally as one of the misguided answers so boldly stated. Lupus rashes and eczema are distinctly different but I highly doubt that you would be able to tell them apart as an untrained person. This is because you could be mislabeling it. Do you know of anyone who has eczema and have you ever examined it up close? It is difficult for anyone, other than a doctor, to tell you what your rash is actually caused by. This is one to take to the dermatologist. Whether it’s eczema or lupus you’ll need to have it treated.

  3. futaberry says:

    it looks like atopic or contact dermatitis. I would book a dermatologist ASAP so that you don’t have to suffer anymore!

  4. greenteacici says:

    Why am I sick so much???? 12-24 times a year?
    First a few statistics:
    I am 19
    I attend college (2yrs completed) but live off campus where I rent a room with 1 middle aged woman that has 3 kids that are barely around since they are generally with their father
    I have had this problem 3 years for sure at this rate and farther back at a lower rate
    I am not a person that likes to touch my face (getting enough acne makes one quit quickly) and if I do by chance its putting a curled fist under my chin
    I am not extreme when it comes to how many times I wash my hand but when I do I do it thoroughly
    When Im sick it’s (pulling a guessing stat outta my butt but it really has got to be around there) 9 out of 10 times its the flu or flu like symptoms
    (Another ‘outta my butt’ stat) I have gotten to the point that I will randomly check my temperature, when I feel well and haven’t been sick for a few days and feel fit as a fiddle, 7 or 8 out of 10 times I still have a temperature above 100.5 F , mostly ranging 100.5F- 101.5F [After being sick I make sure my fever is away for at least 3 days w/o use of medicine]
    I am showing increasing photosensitivity, including sun induced eczema in my ears, knees, elbows-lower arms
    Increasing amounts of cold sores
    Generally no headaches, what I do get is fever, chills, aches, diarrhea
    My great grandmother had lupus and my mother has it…dunno if that may be something
    So far I’ve just done very generalized bloodwork that has been normal and am waiting for results on more extensive bloodwork
    I am not a vegentarian, I dont really like meat so I dont each much but still some everyday to try and be as well rounded on food and vitamins as possible

    So from that what are some likely things since I doubt that it’s because of not washing my hands enough or sharing things with sick people (which I absolutely dont I fear them like the plague,… or even sharing things in general, i dont do that).

    Please let me know what you think?

    *My doctor probably is not even considering Lupus since my mother and I are not ‘connected’ medical wise and Im ‘not allowed’ to mention my family history since I guess its a pain in the butt thing to be tagged as having in regards to insurance- if enough people think it is lupus I’ll probably go ahead though I am also waiting and seeing what unfolds since Lupus generally takes years to put everything together for a diagnosis

    • Boɳɛs says:

      You do need to mention that you have a family history of Lupus, otherwise a general practitioner may not even think to test for it. It’s better to be safe than sorry and at least rule it out if you suspect it.

  5. vixen599 says:

    being tested for lupus could i have it?
    my symptoms are:

    red rash like eczema on nose and cheeks
    fatigue
    high blood count
    headaches
    liver spots
    aching joints
    constant ear, kidney and water infections

    does this sound like lupus?
    i’ve also had 1 eptopic and 14 miscarriages which i was told was due to sticky blood, have weight gain, sore scaly face and in mornings i have trouble walking more so if i’m cold

    • mr.bigz says:

      If I was in your situation and I got a lupus diagnosis-I would consult private doctors who may offer tests and treatments not available on the nhs-The private hospital below may investigate possible infections causing ,or contributing to ,your symptoms. Lupus can easily be a misdiagnosis,if for example someone has lyme disease.
      If I had your symptoms and didnt get a diagnosis,I would head straight for the private hospital below.

  6. OmahaGrl says:

    Why do I have green stool with blood?
    This morning I went to the bathroom and notices my stool was green. A light forest green and there was a dap of blood at the end. When you prick your finger and dab it on a napkin just once, there was about that much blood on the toilet paper. I haven’t had medical insurance in over 5 years and it’s been longer than that since I’ve seen a doctor. I feel under the weather more so than not. I don’t know if any of this has to do with the stool but you never know. I had a urinary tract infection back in October and still have not been treated for it. It sneaks up on me again and again, it’s reoccurring. I’ve been getting a fever that last 2-3 days and gives me horrible shivers, it makes my whole body hurt from shivering for so long. My hair has become really weak and has broken all along my hairline to be about 2 inches long. I constantly feel tired and just don’t have too much energy. And last but not least I have these dry skin patches all over my body. I have had these since 2002 and did see a dermatologist back then for it, he said it was just eczema. I have been looking into Lupus, and I think my spots look like those discoid spots some people with lupus get. An aunt was recently diagnosed with Lupus. Please help me narrow down what this could be, I can’t afford the doctors:(

  7. ʜəɑƋɩəƨƨ нояƨеωомɑɴ says:

    Breast Enlargement Idea ~I’d like some feedback~?
    PLEASE READ, THIS IS VERY BENEFICIAL. I’ve spent hours upon hours reading different ways to increase breast size.
    The pills are worth hundreds of dollars, with only a slight chance of working, why would you do that? Also with breast enhancement pills, there are other ingredients in those pills the manufacture isn’t making completely known, only after doing research on different pills have I found out what is in them. Some have little bits of harmful ingredients while others are completely filled. Some are made all natural, but still have that little hint of danger, and still, are all expensive.
    Breast Augmentation is something completely different. Costing a range anywhere from $5000-$10,000. Going under the knife, leaves scars and sometimes unevenness. Would you really waste $8000 on lopsided breasts? Good idea for some, not so for others. Either not having the money, or the dangers involved. They do say breast augmentation has gotten safer over the years, but still, there is ALWAYS a danger with any type of surgery.
    Between the pill and the surgery, I’ve considered one, then the other, then back to one. I’m unhappy with the size of my breasts, and I always have. I can easily have the money for surgery, but don’t want the scars, I’m not wasting money on pills that can damage my health and have no affect on my bust.
    So, sitting and reading on what affects breast and their growth, I’ve read a few good things.
    -Estrogen is a hormone that comprises a group of compounds, including Astron, Estrada and Estrella. It is the main sex hormone in women and is essential to the menstrual cycle. Although estrogen exists in men as well as women, it is found in higher amounts in women, especially those capable of reproducing. Anyways, when you’re pregnant your estrogen levels rise, and well, your breast are noticeably larger. After reading and confirming, estrogen is the main hormone connected with breast growth. If you want larger breasts, here’s what you can do:
    Start eating different foods that have a higher level of estrogen. Apples, Cherries, Grapes, Tomatoes, and Pomegranates all have a good amount of estrogen. Apples especially. Alfalfa has high traces of phytoestrogens which is called dietary estrogens. Which means it acts like estrogen. Soy is also very high in estrogen, but a warning, soy extracts are BAD for you. If you are going to eat soy, cook your own soy, no soy extracts. Protein laden foods such as: fresh milk, fish, soy products, nuts and seafood, are also said to increase bust. Very last, flaxseed oil! Flaxseed oil is high in fatty acids and omega 3, 6+9. Very good to take for breast enhancement. And if in the end you don’t see you bust grow, flaxseed oil capsules also:
    Lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and control high blood pressure, Counter inflammation associated with gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts, Control constipation, haemorrhoids, diverticular disorders and gallstones, Treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea, Promote healthy hair and nails, Minimise nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling as well as other disorders, Reduce cancer risk and guard against the effects of ageing, Treat menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis, Fight prostate problems, male infertility and impotence.
    All the food I’ve listed are healthy, and are not harmful to your health. Also, if you plan to change your diet, as with any diet do not do it in an extreme way. Slowly work the different foods into your already existing diet, this is best for you and your body.

  8. janeysmithster says:

    My auto-immune disease is detroying my life? I want to end it.?
    I have lived with an auto-immune disease all my life, and never knew i had it until 2 years ago.

    I knew i had chronic asthma, eczema, and food allergies but during a routine blood test it was found that i had a mild form of connective tissue disease, something like Lupus.

    It has got increasingly worse over college to the point where i had to drop out and return a year later. It was during this time off that i decided my life wasnt worth living as i was bed bound and i was suprised at how quickly friends and family alike dumped me since i had no life outside the home.

    I tried to hold down a job but i had to take time off and they made ME feel guilty about it, pulled me into rooms to let me know i was letting everyone down and basically kicking me when i was down to the point i got admitted into hospital. On my return they made my life hell and i was eventually fired for tellin a manager to fuck off.

    Now that i have graduated, and got alot of praise for doing so, i have no life. College gave me the basis for all social, educational well being. Everyone knew i was ill so understood when i wasnt there.

    No trying to get a job has been a nightmare. I decided to go on benefits but they sent me to a doctor who said i was fit to work. A week later i had a big flare up so my own GP wrote a letter stating that i couldnt work and since i have been on incapacity, which im too ashamed to tell anyone about.

    My relationship with my Bf has been at breaking point, he has even suggested im exadurrating as have my friends, but im in so much pain with it all that this week end (after cancelling a week end away with my BF) i though about ending it all. I took some anti depressants but they dont help if anything they make me feel empty and alone .

    I dont want a life where i do nothing, all my friends are either abraod, having children , getting married all these exciting things that i cant do.Im so tired of going from one blood test ot another, or one examination to another, and fighting to get medication that might help me . Doctors have always told me it might get better but how long can i live like this seriously? I dont even feel an ounce of happiness and im irritated becasue im always been at my friends back and call and now that i cant go out like i did they have all moved on and dont even bother calling and when they do and i say im ill they always say things like “youre ALWAYS ill” . I tried a support group, it didnt help if anything i found it a bit like giving up on a norm life?
    PLEASE NOTE IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM DO I WANT TO BE ILL. HAD ALL THIS CRAP ALREADY.

    • Angelbunny17 says:

      Hello. Your post broke my heart, because i know EXACTLY how you feel. I have an autoimmune disease also, and i have no life at all anymore. I haven’t left my house for 6 months. I got so sick of doctors, being in the hospital, going through hundreds of tests ( blood tests, cat scans, mri’s, etc. ), that i’ve just stopped going , and i just don’t care anymore. I will never be well again, so what’s the point. I can no longer do any of things that i use to enjoy doing, my husband left me, and all my friends stopped calling, because they got sick of me not wanting to do anything anymore ( like that’s my fault ). Nobody has really helped me, or stuck by me, through this. I’m totally alone, and i feel like i did something wrong, because nobody wants to be around me anymore. I don’t understand why just because i got sick, everybody just bailed on me. I guess they probably never cared in the first place. I have a hard time trying to find a reason to live every day. I just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone. I know how you feel, and i’m really sorry that you have to feel this way. Unless somebody has been through it, they can’t possible understand how awful it is. Take care.

  9. Rennie says:

    Is ban lan gen safe for Lupus patients to take?
    I hear that this is a great herb (made into a tea) that helps with respiratory problems and skin issues so I’m curious if it’s okay to take. I’m having some asthma, eczema and joint pain and I’d love to try something new. I know that echinaecea causes flare ups in lupus patients, and from experience it usually makes me sick so I’m approaching this cautiously.

    • Linda R says:

      Never take anything including herbal preparations and teas, or over the counter medications, without talking with your rheumatologist first.

  10. Cherry C says:

    I’m not sure as yet but based on my symptoms I believe i might have lupus.Is there anyone who has the disease?
    My symptoms are,low white blood cell count,low grade fever,eczema,arthritis,joint pain etc.Is anyone with the disease familiar with those symptoms(because not everyone gets the same symptoms).Took an ANA test have not gotten the results.Anyone with experience and would like to share?Thank u.

    • Rita V says:

      Cherry, I have Lupus and have been dealing with it for 19yrs., It’s so compelated I’m just gonna give you a medical site to explain since it would take half the day. Go to (web md ) lots of info about Lupus, there’s two kinds but they will explain that to you. Good Luck Rita V

  11. WTF says:

    Hello, i am a 29 year old female that has suffered from joint pains and eczema for years. I have recently?
    developed neck spasms, chest pains that feel like my chest is tearing apart, rash on my face, abdominal pain, nausea, headaches and liltte red blood spots on my arms. I went to the ER about a month ago and the doctor at the ER told me that he thought i had Lupus, but my primary doctor had to order me the test. He was the 8th doctor i have seen within 6 years that had told me the same thing, however i have also been tested 5 times and they all came out negative. I still went ahead and told my primary doctor what he told me. She went ahead and ordered some blood work and it came back negative. She is saying now that i might be Fibromylagia. I am fustrated, how could 8 doctors suspect Lupus , but yet i don’t have it? what is it? help please

    • Irene says:

      hi it could well be fibromyalgia ,it has a whole host of symtoms and is wide spread through your body just be glad its not lupus although fibromyalgia is bad in itself ive had it for 20 yrs each days different with it

  12. Lover says:

    What kind of specialist should I see for the following symptoms:?
    I’ve had the following symptoms for a while now. My general practitioner isn’t cutting it, and I’ve been negative so far for thyroid (hyper and hypo) problems, lupus, fatty liver disease, and diabetes. I’m at the end of my rope. If there is ANYONE out there who has similar symptoms and got help, can you please point me in the right direction?

    Severe Eczema (Since Birth, better with age, worse in winter)
    Severe allergies (Since Birth) (to food like fruits, veggies, and seafood. Meds like penicillin and sulfa, lots of different trees and plants, latex, and pet dander)
    Stunted height (grew very slowly, only 5’2″)
    Rapid weight gain, inability to lose weight with proper diet and exercise (since my teens)
    Depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (Since my teens, worsens as I age. GAD was misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder for a long time)
    Migraines (intermittent, started in my teens)
    Fatigue (10+ hours of sleep per night)
    Gastrointestinal (I’ve always had constant gas. I get diarrhea very easily. Stomach aches give me severe headaches and will make me vomit)
    Insulin resistance (recently diagnosed)

    For a while, my thinking was that the depression and anxiety was causing an inability to deal with stress, which in turn caused the weight gain, and fatigue, and made my allergies/eczema worse. Then I couldn’t lose weight for the life of me, and since my family has a history of autoimmune disorders, that led to the thyroid testing. Now I’m getting this insulin problem, and my doctor is telling me that I need to lose weight or risk becoming diabetic. But I still can’t lose weight. See the conundrum? The most recent suggestion is that I might have celiac disease, but I looked it up and it seems to mainly have gastrointestinal symptoms, which I have very little of (just the persistent gas, really)

    Anyone have a suggestion? Anyone?

    I’ve had my thyroid checked. Also seen a rheumatologist (had joint pain for a while, but it was chalked up to the rapid weight gain). I also see my allergist and dermatologist regularly, they’ve been the same doctors since birth.

    I thought the allergies and eczema were just hereditary conditions unrelated to anything else until it was recently suggested that I include them in my list of symptoms to see if it narrows down my search, because apparently allergies and eczema can often indicate other disorders.

    • MishMash says:

      An Immunologist would test you to find out exactly what foods and other factors you are allergic to and therefore do not eat or avoid.

      An Endocrinologist would check your thyroid out really well and also advise you about the insulin problem.

      A specialist in Bariatric Medicine is the type of doctor who treats obesity. They use dietary/lifestyle changes and exercises and sometimes medicine in their treatment options.

      However before you contact any of them why don’t you read this book extract in Google Books :

      ” The Inflammation Cure”, by William Joel Meggs, an Immunologist in America. Chapter 9 is the chapter that deals with dietary factors.

      Dr Meggs recommendations are :

      *to NOT eat wheat (found in breads, packet cereals, prepared sauces etc, cakes and biscuits). Doing this alone will stop the wind problem and start you losing weight. Alternatives to wheat are rye crackers, rye bread, spelt bread etc; oats for breakfast cereal.

      * DO NOT have dairy products except maybe pot set natural yoghurt which has beneficial bacteria for easy digestion. Alternatives to cows milk – goat milk, water or soy milk.

      * Lean red meat – beef as it is the best source of protein and iron. Once a week.

      *Oily fish for protein and Omega 3 Oils

      * Approved fruits and vegetables that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant too.

      *Nuts and seeds that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant to.

      *No junk food, no bought preprocessed foods.

      Good luck

  13. PTownRoses says:

    Could my fiance’s ankylosing spondylitis be something else?
    My fiance has many health issues that seem to point toward ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis in his back, lung problems, uveitis, ect………), he has been tested for virtually everything else it could be. I have been reading lately about Lyme disease however, which he has not been tested for. I feel like he has some symptoms that are consistent with Lyme disease and not AS – such as sinus problems, very clumsy, worsening memory problems, general worsening cognitive difficulties, ect……Is Lyme disease ever misdiagnosed as ankylosing spondylitis? I know that Fibromyalgia and Lupus often turn out to be Lyme disease, but what about his condition? He says he does not remember ever being bit but its possible since he’s been having symptoms for about 10 years……he also doesn’t remember any out of the ordinary rash, but he has pretty bad eczema, and I heard that sometimes a Lyme rash can be mistaken for eczema! Should I push his doctor to get him tested for Lymes?
    Only one doctor has officially diagnosed him, and he has been doing some things to treat it such as physical therapy, but not much impoved in lung function. I just don’t know if he should accept the first answer he got, he has never seeked a second opinion.

  14. Lynna says:

    Possible Eczema Case?? Or is it lupus?
    Lately, I’ve been noticing that my skin has become more and more sensitive. A while ago, I noticed that after I went out into the sun for a period of time, I developed a rash on my face. Since it wasn’t very itchy, and disappeared within a day, I didn’t think much of it. I thought it might be due to an ingredient with my sunscreen. For a time I was worried that this rash was the characteristics “butterfly rash” that many individuals with lupus get, but I have no other symptoms of lupus, and haven’t had the face rash since. However, I’ve noticed that in areas on my back, specifically where my bra comes into contact with my skin, bumpy patches have appeared. They look like small rashes, but are colorless, and NOT itchy. They feel like goosebumps, actually. I also recently developed a similar rash on a patch on my face, which is only slightly itchy, and one on my shoulder. I’m extremely confused as to what’s causing these rashes. I don’t have any other symptoms of lupus, so I don’t think thats my problem. Can individuals with eczema have small, non-itchy rashes, or are they always extremely itchy? I haven’t changed any detergents, tried any new perfumes, etc!! However, I have noticed that my allergy to cats has increased. Does anyone with eczema have similar symptoms? Or could this be somehow related to my allergies acting up?

  15. abav23 says:

    Is there any Impact of lupus (DLE) on pregnancy?
    I am 28yrs old..I was suffering from eczema for 8-10yrs that was frm period 1992 to 2002 approx. and i was under medication for that..now i m having black marks on my legs and m not having any medicines currently..later i had another skin issue called lupus(DLE),some rashes wherever i get exposed to sun.which started in 2006 and i was under medication for sometime…I got married in 2007 and its gng to be 2 yrs..we r planning for a family for more than a year,nothng has wrked till now…..We have also consulted gyaenic, done scanning and all tests no problems in the reports for both of us..could u pls help me out whether this can be the problem behind it?

    • Angie says:

      I would consult a rheumatologist or immunologist with your concerns. I have Sjogren’s Syndrome, another autoimmune disorder which affects the skin and organs. I have had two successful pregnancies and both of my children are healthy. The specialists that deal with Lupus would have great knowledge about your issues. I wish you the best of luck.

  16. Sabrina B says:

    How do I know if I have a uterine infection after giving birth and if Keflex is the right atbc to treat it?
    Hi! I just gave birth to my first child 10 days ago and had really bad complications after the delivery. I was in labor for 27 hours, pushed for an hour, and got the usual Pitocin and epidural. My OB had manually pulled out my placenta immediately after the delivery of my baby and I had not asked him to! I was hemorrhaging for the 1st 2 days. I even passed out 2 hours after I gave birth, as soon as I transferred to the maternity ward! The same night, I was about to pass out a 2nd time and my blood pressure dipped at its lowest. They had to call an emergency code and all of the doctors and nurses rushed into my room. The reason for my postpartum hemorrhage was because I had retained fragments of the placenta in my uterus and a dr. had to manually push the clot out! On top of that, I had a distended bladder and couldn’t urinate on my own, so they had to Foley cath me for 3 days. I didn’t have an episiotomy or any tears, but had a few abrasions inside my vagina. I also had a hematoma on the left labia. I lost so much blood, 55%, I became anemic and was supplemented with a stronger iron than what I was taking during pregnancy. I was on IV fluids for 3 days and stayed in the hospital for 4 days. Ever since I got home, my lochia had been getting less and less but the hematoma on my left labia became so painfully excruciating it had even turned hard even with the sitz baths I’ve been taking. It was so painful every time I went to the bathroom, to urinate or pass a bowel. Even on pain meds, the vaginal pain was so severe, I had to go to the emergency. I was examined and they told me in time, it will heal and go away on its own and the hematoma is too small to cut open and drain.

    Then today I noticed I started bleeding more and even passing big clots, whereas previous days, my bleeding was brown and very small, like dime sized amounts with no clots at all. In addition, I’ve been having extreme severe abdominal pains since this morning. I saw my OB today and he examined my uterus by pressing down on my belly and I grimaced so much because the pain was so bad. He told me it’s not supposed to be that painful at this point, 10 days after giving birth. He concluded that I had a uterine infection and put me on Keflex 4 times a day for 10 days. I’m not sure if he diagnosed me correctly since he only pressed down on my tummy and didn’t run any tests to confirm that it’s an infection. Also, how would he know what kind of antibiotic to prescribe to me if he doesn’t even know what kind of uterine infection is invading me? I know there are different kinds of uterine infections based on the different types of bacteria! I’m a new grad LVN (practical nurse) and even though I haven’t worked since I got pregnant during school, I know that I should be skeptical of something about his diagnosis! I don’t have a fever or any other signs and symptoms of an infection other than the extreme abdominal pain and painful urination/ bowel movements. The emergency department took a urine sample from me and a bladder infection or UTI came out negative so I know I don’t have that! Someone out there please help me! I just want to make sure my OB and medical team during my labor and delivery have the best interest in taking good care of me instead of killing me! I just want to be alive and healthy to raise my daughter and for my uterus to not be affected so I can have more children after this! Thank you so much in advance!

    FYI: I also have Lupus, but a mild form of it since none of my organs are affected….only Raynaud’s Disease and eczema which is about it!

    • mgunnycappo says:

      Keflex is a broad spectrum antibiotic and will cover you regardless of what specific bacteria you have. He’s probably giving you the antibiotics as a prophylaxis, just in case. I would venture to say that you’ll improve over the next couple of days.

  17. Gaylee says:

    Weird eczema like rash around eyes, eyelids (lower and upper) and mouth.testing for lupus.Anyone?
    I went to urgent care tonight. It started when I moved two weeks ago and just gets worse. It feels like I am dry, cracked, burnt and hivey all at the same time. The Dr put me on a steroid pack then tested me for immune disorders (I have Fibromyalgia). I looked up lupus rash and it doesn’t look the same. Any ideas? I am in pain and feel ugly..

  18. That Person. says:

    Is there a connection between lupus and pcos?
    I have not be diagnosed with anything but I’m doing some research about these conditions online before i go see my doctor. I do have all the symptoms of lupus except for the butterfly rash, though i do have full body rashes. Now i have been diagnosed with eczema but idk it just seem like from what i’ve read i should talk to my doctor about lupus. Now I have about a two periods a year and hot flashes and other issues which is why I started looking at pcos. My mom as endometriosis and there is a history on my moms side with issues like that. Is there a connection between the two or could it all just be coincidence i just don’t know if i should just ask for tests from my doctor or what. I’m really confused and kinda scared to even do the test for the possibility of them being positive for them.
    i have seen a dermatologist and they say its only eczema but i have the swollen feet and hands, the joint discomfort, the seizures (which my neuro can’t find cause) and ect. I have been tested for endometriosis and a few other thing but not pcos. What kind of test do they do for pcos?
    oy! that sounds like hell, I’m sorry to hear your mom has it that has to be ruff. I’ve had all these random things going on for the past few years, and somebody mentioned to me to look up lupus since i’ve been having the seizures which started in november 09. Oh gosh i don’t like blood tests, lol. I’m terrified of needles.

    • twistedtart says:

      Find yourself a rheumatologist(arthritis dr.), they are the ones that test for and treat lupus patients. My mom has it and it can be absolute hell sometimes. She never had the butterfly rash either. Instead she had that intense tingling in her feet, legs and arms to the point where she was suicidal over it before finally getting the right diagnosis.
      They test for lupus with a blood test I think, and I have no clue how they test for the pcos you’ve mentioned.
      The longer lupus is left untreated the more difficult it is to treat and get under control. And the meds for it are not very pleasant either. One makes you crave sugar and gain weight like you wouldn’t believe.

  19. Paula says:

    HI, my name is Molly and I am to be tested for Lupus. What are the chances I will have lupus?
    -I am 13 years old.
    -I have been suffering from extreme swelling of the lips for a period of a couple of months now. They believed it was caused by an egg allergy.
    – My family (particularly my mother) suffer from severe allergies.
    – I had specialist allergy testing and it showed that I have no allergies.
    -Since then, my joints have begun to swell on a regular basis.
    – My fingers swell in the same manner as my lips do.
    – My toes also swell sometimes.
    -I sometimes suffer from headaches and joint pains and sometimes I lose my personality and become tired (and as my parents describe it, I become ‘flat’)
    - I have trouble sleeping.
    -I suffer from very mild eczema (so does my mother, and most of my mothers family, though they have very severe cases)
    - Today, a lymph node in my neck also swelled.
    - I have also suffered from coughs and colds, on a regular basis.
    - I was born with a slight heart murmur (my two sisters were also born with heart murmurs, my mother has heart problems, and my maternal grandmother died at the age of 34 of heart and kidney problems during child birth)

    After I came home from school and discovered the swollen lymph node, my mum took me to the doctors, the doctor ordered for a number of blood tests, including for lupus, taking into account my medical problems.
    My mum is extremely worried that I may have lupus.

    What are the chances? Considering my symptoms?

    Thanks, molly x

    • izzy says:

      The heart murmur may never give you trouble. Many people have them without any symptoms at all.
      As for lupus – SLE
      Lupus is a complex disease, and its cause is unknown. It is likely that a combination of genetic, environmental, and possibly hormonal factors work together to cause the disease.
      Reading through your concise list of symptoms it does point to some sort of auto immune disease, but nobody could possibly give you a diagnosis or the odds that you might or might not have lupus.
      IF you do have lupus, most patients with SLE lead full, active, and healthy lives.

      You have obviously read all about it and your mum sounds a smart lady to take you to see your doctor so promptly. I am sure you are both worried and wish you all the luck in the world.

  20. 4intow says:

    Is this an autoimmune disease?
    I’ve got quite a few things going on in my body and my doctor is not really sure what to do next. I’ve recurring yeast infections in my body (esophagus and vaginal) for quite some time now. I’ve got horrible dishydrotic eczema or and ID reaction on my hand, and my bones and joints hurt so badly. I’ve been tested for systemic yeast; it’s not there. I’ve been tested for Lupus; it’s not there. I’m on 400 mg of Diflucan every day for 2 weeks, off a week, then on again for another 2. When I decrease or stop the anti-fungal, I get a NASTY yeast infection. When I stop the meds, my eczema comes back. When I stay ON the meds, my eczema dries up. I can’t stay on Diflucan forever. My liver’s going to blow up or something. Are the aching bones and eczema related, or are they 2 different things? Why can’t my body fight off yeast infections? I’ve gone gluten-free, sugar free, and corn free. I’ve lost 30 pounds, but still feel like poo. When I eat flax seed or hearty wheat products like a heavy bread, I feel like I’m going to die. My ANA levels were slightly elevated, but not that bad… and like I said, the Lupus screening was negative.. I feel like I’m going to have to live with this for the rest of my life!

    Does anyone know anything about this? My doctor is thinking autoimmune, but he really has no clue. My mom has rheumatoid arthritis. What’s that all about?

    I need help…

  21. IlovePrincesOfWales says:

    im so young but body feels old…help?
    hi. I’m an 18 year old female. For the last couple of months i have been experiencing joint pain and aches in my legs,knees,feet,arms back and hands. I also have red splotches on my face which I have seen my doctor about and was diagnosed with eczema. The smallest things seem to tire me out, for example going up the stairs causes me to become out of breath. I am not overweight for my size so i don’t think that’s whats causing this I have also been very tired to the point where it is hard to get out of bed. I never thought anything of this until I found out that an aunt of mine has lupus. I am a mom to a 3 month old daughter. While i was in labor i received an epidural, so i just assumed the pain and aches was a side effect. But it has been 3 months now so i’m starting to think that less and less.

  22. IlovePrincesOfWales says:

    what the? What is wrong with me?
    hi. I’m an 18 year old female. For the last couple of months i have been experiencing joint pain and aches in my legs,knees,feet,arms back and hands. I also have red splotches on my face which I have seen my doctor about and was diagnosed with eczema. The smallest things seem to tire me out, for example going up the stairs causes me to become out of breath. I am not overweight for my size so i don’t think that’s whats causing this I have also been very tired to the point where it is hard to get out of bed. I never thought anything of this until I found out that an aunt of mine has lupus. I am a mom to a 3 month old daughter. While i was in labor i received an epidural, so i just assumed the pain and aches was a side effect. But it has been 3 months now so i’m starting to think that less and less.

  23. xnenaxo says:

    Can eczema cause multiple swollen lymph nodes?
    I have at least 5 swollen lymph nodes on my neck and about 4 swollen lymph nodes on my groin area. I already got tested for cancer, I do not have it. But the biopsy came out as “reactive”. My doctor told me that my immune system is fine and that I have no signs of Lupus or anything. But the swollen lymph nodes are really freaking me out. I got an allergy test done and I’m staying away from the foods/things that I’m allergic to. But this itch is still so bad.
    The lymph nodes are hard. All the doctors are saying that they’re lymph nodes.

  24. xnenaxo says:

    Can eczema cause multiple swollen lymph nodes?
    I have at least 5 swollen lymph nodes on my neck and about 4 swollen lymph nodes on my groin area. I already got tested for cancer, I do not have it. But the biopsy came out as “reactive”. My doctor told me that my immune system is fine and that I have no signs of Lupus or anything. But the swollen lymph nodes are really freaking me out. I got an allergy test done and I’m staying away from the foods/things that I’m allergic to. But this itch is still so bad.

    • Lisa R says:

      Eczema does not cause swollen lymph nodes. The same process that causes the eczema causes the lymph nodes to swell.

      You see, allergies are the body reacting to a foreign substance the same way it reacts to a bacteria or virus. The problem is that the substance is something that is common, like food or pollen. So the immune system is overworked. My two-year-old has had swollen lymph nodes since he was tiny. I wouldn’t worry about it–especially since all the tests you did came back negative.

      As to the itch, see if you can get ahold of some Renew lotion. That stuff is amazing for eczema! It may not stop the itch entirely, but it soothes it and is a better moisturizer than any other lotion on the market. Let me know if you need help finding some.

  25. xnenaxo says:

    Can eczema cause multiple swollen lymph nodes?
    I have at least 5 swollen lymph nodes on my neck and about 4 swollen lymph nodes on my groin area. I already got tested for cancer, I do not have it. But the biopsy came out as “reactive”. My doctor told me that my immune system is fine and that I have no signs of Lupus or anything. But the swollen lymph nodes are really freaking me out. I got an allergy test done and I’m staying away from the foods/things that I’m allergic to. But this itch is still so bad.
    Yes I am sexually active (I’m married). I got tested for STD’s (syphillis, h.i.v/aids, etc) and it came out negative.. The only thing I came out positive for is Herpes type 1 (oral herpes not genital herpes).
    Also, the lymph nodes do not hurt. I do not have sore throat or a fever.

    • Jory says:

      this could be a sign of infection or are you sexually active??? i know people with herpes right before an outbreak their lymph nodes were swollen all over the place especially in the groin area

      if you have oral herpes i would bet money that’s they cause of the swollen lymph nodes if you’ve been stressed or anything it can cause it to flare up… how long has it been going on???

  26. angel says:

    hereditary or coincidence?
    I work in the med field, and have asked this question, best I can get from doctors is “gee, I dunno, maybe.” So I’m asking opinions, and if anyone else has a similar story I’m interested in what you think…
    My mother is epileptic. Her seizures are triggered by stress, lack of sleep, or physical illness.
    All three of her children have auto immune issues. 1 sister has severe physical reactions to pregnancy. The theory we got from doctors is that her immune system goes on attack and treats the baby like a disease. Possibly its the hormone that triggers it.
    The other sister has lupus, also auto immune, moderate and manageable.
    And I have vitiligo. My immune system attacks pigment like a disease.
    My nephew has chronic severe migraines. We can’t find a cause. He also used to scream in his sleep and shake when he was a baby, so we suspected HE had epilepsy, too, but he’s never had a seizure and it stopped when he was about seven or eight. He also sleepwalks.
    And finally, my niece has severe juvenile arthritis. A month ago, she had an anaphylactic reaction to the smell of shrimp, and doctor says she now can not be around fish or shellfish at ALL. (She grew up on red lobster. No idea why, but I know allergies are unpredictable.)
    And finally, my youngest niece constantly catches colds, flu, pneumonia, ear infections. I mean if you sneeze twenty yards away on a windless day in july, she’ll get it. She also gets pretty severe eczema. She has a weak immune system.
    So here’s my question(s)-
    1. Are auto immune illnesses hereditary, or is my family an anomaly?
    2. Is it possible that all three of us were affected by moms epilepsy or by the meds she was using back then? (phenobarb, and something else that was commonly used in the 60s and 70s to treat epilepsy but was banned, can’t think of the name, so help with that too would be great.)
    3. If I were to have a child, is it pretty much guaranteed that something would be wrong with it?
    5150- no, we don’t live together, but we do all live in the same city. We don’t live in an area where we are exposed to any higher-than-average toxins. As far as I’ve been able to tell, there are not unusually high numbers in any of these illnesses in this area, either.

    • Amanda says:

      There are studies that show that there CAN be a genetic link, but the sciences are inconclusive on it.

      2. It’s possible that the medication had an effect. My grandmother took medication for morning sickness and my mother and I BOTH have had endometriosis and autoimmune disorders after that. Before then, no one had endo.

      3. It’s not guaranteed, but I would be cautious just because it seems to be hereditary in yours even if science can’t prove it is.

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