Lupus And Arthritis: How They Go Hand In Hand

Author: Greg Marsh

If you suffer from lupus, changes are good that you suffer from arthritis as part of the condition. This condition is one in which individuals often face pain in their body and, like arthritis, something with the body’s immune system does not function the way that it should and the end result is that the body is attacked by its own white blood cells. In lupus, the body is attacked in many places including the tissues of various parts of your body. That is like arthritis, which is generally characterized by the immune system attacking the tissue in the joints of the body.

Do You Have Lupus? Symptoms To Be Aware Of

Lupus can affect anyone but it is more prone to be found in African, Native American or Asian heritage. Women are more likely to get it 9 out of 10 times and it especially happens to those that are from age 14 through 45. The symptoms of lupus can be very different from one person to the next, but they will likely include some of these. Joints that ache and are painful, swollen joints, fevers that rise to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more without any other explanation, pain in the chest, a butterfly like rash on the cheeks and nose, loss of hair, or prolonged fatigue.

When you have lupus, you have an increased chance of having arthritis of one type of another. Most commonly, this will mean pain in the joints that leads to swelling there. Some individuals characterize their pain as being that of stiffness as when they wake up in the morning they may feel more pain and discomfort then when they are using their joint. In some patients that have arthritis with lupus, the arthritis pain can come and go. It may last a few days, weeks or longer then will not be noticeable until the next bout. One thing that is good to note is that the type of arthritis that you may be prone to getting with lupus is actually not as crippling as other forms of arthritis in general.

There are other complications that come from lupus, though, that can be worrisome. One of the tell tale signs of lupus includes skin conditions. Usually a rash will form on the skin across the nose and checks. In addition, sores may develop in the mouth as well as cause hair loss. There are different types of lupus which also determine the type and severity of the skin complications that can be found in lupus patients.

Other problems that lupus can cause include kidney problems, which can lead to life threatening conditions. Blood problems can also play a role in the condition that you face. If the amount of red blood cells in your body drops (or white blood cells) there is a problem that can lead to the inability of the blood to clot.

Working with your doctor, you can handle both lupus and arthritis and the complications that they bring to the table.

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10 thoughts on “Lupus Butterfly Rash

  1. Karen Smith

    Lupus Butterfly Rash?
    My rheumatologist thinks that I may have mild lupus but it’s not 100%. I told her about the butterfly rash I get on and off, however whenever I go, I don’t have the butterfly rash and she doesn’t believe that i get it. Any advice?
    She has done the bloodwork which leads her to believe that I have mild lupus. However, it’s not 100% because she was missing a test (lab screw up).

    1. Benny

      have ur dr do an ANA test and an SLE prep and an RA factor. These are the tests that determine if you have that particular autoimmune disease. Also, do you get ur rash often after sun exposure?

  2. samekid480

    How long does a lupus butterfly rash last?
    I’m currently being tested for lupus (blood work) and I’ve already been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I’m wondering how long the butterfly rash last because I have had similar rashes, but they appeared to me to look more like too much sun (not scaly) than a rash and they would disappear a day or two later. It just appeared to be a sunburn on my cheeks and nose, even if I wasn’t out in the sun too long. Does this sound like a malar rash? I can’t seem to find too many pictures on here. Thank you!

    1. Linda R

      If you are one of the people who gets the butterfly rash, and not all of us do, it will come and go. It’s very individual, so no one can answer that question.

      If you want to see the wide variety of lupus rashes, type “google images” into your search bar then type “lupus rash” and you will get tons of pictures.

      The malar rash typically does not occur in the fold that runs from the nostrils down to the corner of the mouth.

      Many patients have lupus and fibro in overlap. (Just went to a conference on that today.)

      Good luck with your hunt for a diagnosis.

    1. Veronica Alicia

      It usually goes across both sides, almost like a pair of sunglasses which have slipped right down your nose.
      Unusually, I believe, I get the butterfly rash but I have discoid not systemic lupus.

  3. MiG

    why is the butterfly rash in systemic lupus erythematosus was called such?
    other than being shaped like a butterfly, are there any other mechanisms on why this butterfly-like appearance or rashes becomes visible on the affected patients? I hope you could help me. thanks!

    1. Bre

      Only 30% of patients with lupus have a butterfly rash.
      Since Lupus is a system disease, meaning inside. Lupus can affect kidneys, joints, blood etc. As eczema it’s an autoimmune disease.
      I know I’m off topic….
      The butterfly rash will get worse with sunlight as most lupus patients are photosensitive, like having sensitive skin, it’ll act like a sunburn.
      It’s an anti-inflammatory action of the body.

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