Skin rashes are a common skin discomfort which causes small red spots, redness and itchiness. It can happen anywhere is your skin – your face, your hands, your legs, your body. Facial rashes, by virtue of their visibility, can cause significant distress to the patient and this should never be underestimated. Skin rashes come in all forms and sizes. Some are raised bumps; others are flat red blotches. Some are itchy blisters; other are patches of rough skin. Most rashes are harmless and clear up on their own within a few days.

Take a bath in cool water, without soap, every couple of hours. Don’t use ointments and creams that can block the sweat gland pores.

Dandruff or Seborrheic Dermatitus – are common rashes associated with age, stress, fatigue, weather extremes, oily skin, infrequent shampooing and alcohol-based lotions.

Apis is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of person affected with skin rashes where an allergic response from the body to an allergen was the cause of the rash, resulting in a condition like hives, this treatment must also be followed where the rash is pinkish in color and is accompanied by a swelling in the affected area usually appearing with burning and or stinging pain and discomfort. Further more the application of external cold compresses can alleviate the swelling and the discomfort in the affected regions of the body. The appearance of any of these symptoms in the body of the affected person requires the utilization of Apis as a homeopathic remedy.

Light therapy or UVB Phototherapy involves the use of light about 3 to 5 times in a given week to treat the condition. Though there is some sunburn, but it is not serious. Ultraviolet B light waves that are between 290-320 nm are passed to achieve the results. Light therapy is usually not the only line of treatment – it is mixed up with topical applications for best results. However there is a school of thought that says that light treatments can lead to skin cancer.

Systemic lupus may include periods in which few, if any, symptoms are evident (remission) and other times when the disease becomes more active (flare). Most often when people mention “lupus,” they are referring to the systemic form of the disease. Systemic lupus is usually more severe than discoid lupus, and can affect almost any organ or system of the body. For some people, only the skin and joints will be involved. In others, the joints, lungs, kidneys, blood or other organs and/or tissues may be affected.

Acts as a foundation to protect your skin all day from the adverse effects

of weather, cosmetics or pollution.

Use as a treatment to alleviate dryness or cracking of the skin on elbows,

knees, forearms or hands.

Another skin care solution is the Microdermabrasion Complex, which also gives that exfoliating effect, except this time it is used to specifically treat stubborn scars. It uses micro-spheres to smoothen out skin, and because these are very tiny beads, they do not irritate the skin. What these micro-spheres do is gradually remove jagged bumps on the skin, much like sanding wood for a smoother surface but with no harshness.

Do not let the skin become too dry which may make itching worse. See the topic Dry Skin and Itching in Related Information for additional home treatment


60 thoughts on “Lupus Skin Rash On Face

  1. sporad01

    Malar Sun Face Skin Rash – Not Lupus ?!?
    For most of my young life, i’m now 23 female, i have had a sun rash that a doctor has recently said is the malar rash that is associated with Lupus. My mother also has severe rheumatoid arthritis, I had a lab testing done last week, ana test, that showed negative for Lupus. I have this skin sun rash that develops on my checks & across the bridge of my nose, whenever i’m out in the sun, it stays for about a week, before fading out. It’s not itchy-has no bumps, no pain, etc. Just is a very red-burnt look. I have also been experiencing chronic headaches, i have an appointment made with a dermatologist soon to determine what else the cause might be, is it possible to test negative for lupus & still have it?, what other testing may be done? what other possible solution to my sun rash is there? Thank You.

    1. christibro40

      Hi, Im sorry yor going through this. I am going to explain a few things. First Lupus is what is called an autoimmune disease, where our own healthy cells think somthing is wrong go into overdrive and start attcking our own cells. Next, there are several types of Lupus, the two I willl cover are Discoid (which only attacks the skin), the other is SLE (Systemic Lupus/entire body). For a diagnosis of SLE there are 11 critera that needs to be met. I will list them at the end. however most dr’s have not gotten that for some reason. they tend to just look at the blood work and look at the blood markers for antibodies, mainly somthing called ANA. The fact is healthy people can have a positive ANA all the time, and not be ill at all, and people with Lupus may have a positive ANA sometimes (I do sometiems) or never. But to doctors, that seems to be the end all, escpecially early on, and during the first couple of visits. A malar rash, just dosent happen to healthy people. Only if they dont sunscreen that area and they do sunscreen the rest of their face. It has been documented that 5-10% may never have the positive blood work. another 20% will have it occasionally, and it can change on a day to day basis. So while you where negative that day, you can be positive another. The critera and mindset most doctors still use is from a critera used and created in 1982 over 20 years ago, before you were born.
      Also Migranes run heavily in Lupus and other autoimmune paitents, and can fall under the Central Nervous System critera. A dermatologist, may want to biopsy that area of your face. a good one, will be able to take little skin, and leave little scarring. It sounds like you meet the photosensitivity part of Lupus as well. so thats three. You need to see a Rhumotologist, and they need to observe you over months. a diagnosis can take months or even a year. You need to get a good history of your health. write it down, to present to a doctor, you may not know what is relevant. I personally went through 4 rhuemotologists until I found 1 that actually listened took a life history (not all problems have to occur at the same time. As for a solution you should avoid the sun, or wear a 30 or more sun screen. and avoid the sun from noon to 4 pm. I have some issues with the sun, and have a pool. I try not to swim during those hours. I am going to provide you a list of the Lupus diagnostic critera, see if any of it applies to you, if it does now, or in the past, make sure you tell your dr. also your Blood test can change at anytime. Mine change all the time, depending of how active my Lupus is.
      Diagnostic critera from Yahoo health :
      Diagnostic criteria for lupus
      The following criteria are used to distinguish lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) from other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases.

      A person with 4 of these 11 conditions can be diagnosed with lupus; 3 symptoms suggest that lupus is probably present, and 2 raise the possibility of lupus. Symptoms may be present all at once or appear in succession over a period of time. 1

      Butterfly (malar) rash on cheeks
      Rash on face, arms, neck, torso (discoid rash)
      Skin rashes that result from exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (photosensitivity)
      Mouth or nasal ulcers, usually painless
      Joint swelling, stiffness, pain involving two or more joints (arthritis)
      Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs (pleuritis) or heart (pericarditis). This inflammation is called serositis.
      Abnormalities in urine, such as increased protein or clumps of red blood cells or kidney cells, called cell casts, in the urine
      Nervous system problems, such as seizures or psychosis, without known cause
      Problems with the blood, such as reduced numbers of red blood cells (anemia), platelets, or white blood cells
      Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test
      Signs of increased autoimmunity (antibodies against normal tissue), as shown by laboratory tests
      References

      I have had Lupus since my teens but was not officially diagnosed until my late 20’s, Im now almost 40. I also am a researcher, and own a Lupus and autoimmune support group
      Good Luck
      Chris

  2. sprees (:

    If I have a the butterfly rash on face, is there is possibility that it is not lupus?
    I’m 17 years old….. Female. I have a butterfly rash on my face, fatigue, a swallon face, hands, feet, itchy skin, and my face just looks washed out or I don’t even know how to describe it, I just do not look myself. I went to the doctor, and they took blood and are running tests, and it might possibly be lupus. Is there any possibility it might not be lupus? I am prescribed adderall, and of course my doctor knows that because she’s the one who prescribed it to me, but could adderall be causing some of these symptoms?

    Also any suggestions on how to make my face look normal in any way, I am getting very depressed with my face not looking the same, and it’s causing me to not want to do anything or leave my house because it’s embarassing looking and people stare at me. I don’t even want to hangout with friends anymore because of this! I use foundation and stuff but it just does not cover up the weirdness of my face shape and swalloness.
    Any help or support would be awesome(:

  3. angeldevoid71

    I have Lupus and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on helping dry skin?
    I have been living with Lupus for about a year now and have episodes where my face gets very dry, flaky and sometimes itchy (butterfly rash). The skin around my eyes and my eyelids get very dry. The skin turns a deep shade red/purple and sometimes is painful to the touch. I also get dry patches on my forehead and chin. Does anyone have non prescription remedies to make my episodes subside easier?

    1. Karl

      This is something that you really must talk with
      your doctor about. Its important that he or she
      know this. It may be a side effect of medication
      you are now taking. And furthermore, before you self
      medicate, you need to find out it it will interact in a
      negative way with your current medications.

  4. SazzyC

    Face rash on cheeks everyday! Allergy or lupus?
    hey there. I’ve always been blessed to have really good clear skin but for the past few months i’ve noticed a rapid change and now I seem to have this permanent pink rash high on cheeks (down from eyes and sometimes over bridge of the nose) it looks irritatated and dry but i’ve done nothing, used nothing new, use gentle washes, mostly just water now. My diet’s rich in fruit & fish . I don’t know if i have an allergy or not but my chest has also been hurting me on and off, a swollen feeling. I had a bad infection 2months ago and was givien penicilin, so i may be allergic to it, but before the treatment i had to go to casualty as my chest was so sore but docs found nothing apart from my toe infection, so that’s why i’m thinking lupus as my aunt has it.. but i’ve been off them 2months now. Apart from that, i feel in general good health, just tired and achey sometimes any help appreciated! as this rash is driving me insane! 🙁

    1. Donna B.

      That’s a very good assessment but only occurs with discoid lupus.It only will involve the skin The second type is SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus, and can involve many systems in the body. You need to see a Rheumatologist for a correct diagnosis. Take care, Donna

  5. alisiacara

    Lupus, can a skin sample diagnose it?How long is test to results?
    my daughter has a rash on her arm- sampled, her face and lips and in her mouth. they seem to start from exposure to the sun.
    took test yesterday-tuesday

    1. New York Chick

      Lupus is usually diagnosed with a blood test and the results came back to me in about one week. Unfortunately, the rash is a classic symptom after sun exposure, but it could also be nothing but a sun rash. It is very hard to diagnose Lupus, because the symptoms are so wide and varied. In order to be truly diagnosed you must have the blood test as well as several other symptoms. It is very possible to get false results on the blood test as well….which makes it that much more frustrating. I would take your doctor to a good Internist for testing. Many Rhuemetologists also have experience in diagnosing Lupus, because of the joint pain associated with it, so if you know of one, that is an idea also. My advice is to try not to worry too much, because one symptom does not mean she has Lupus. Take care and I hope things work out for you and her. Lupus is not fun.

  6. Anonymous

    Does anyone know any natural remedies for LUPUS and itchy skin.?
    I am 51 years of age and have taken antihistimines for the body itch for years. I was told that there is no care for this ailment. Right now the only symptoms appearing are skin rashes. The butterfly one, face, checks and above eyebrow. And I have this awful rash on my forearms. It is black and circular in appearance, the circles are small and can become raised. I Apply triamcinolone cream at least once a day to the rashes and it has improved. My bowl movements have changed in the last year and break up very easy in the toliet water. I take fiber for this. Any suggestions? Can you advise of herbal remedies or otherwise that work? I do not have health insurance so I am unable to get any test done by allopathic doctors or reg. doctors. The rashes had got so bad that I went to the emergency room and the doctor informed me that it looked very much like Lupus. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you

    1. Linda R

      Sounds like discoid lupus, and possible systemic involvement but I am not a doctor and there is not really enough information.

      Lupus, if left untreated, can be fatal. I would find a way to see a doctor.

      There is no cure for lupus, herbal or otherwise. The treatment goals are to minimize symptoms and prevent permanent damage.

      Some lupus lesions can turn into cancer if they are not treated.

      In the short term, use hydrocortisone creams, stay out of the sun, adopt a very healthy diet, and use stress management techniques. Sun and stress are MAJOR contributors to lupus flares.

      The thing about ice, and powder, and Jergen’s lotion is a bunch of huey. The problem with lupus is that the immune system attacks the self. No amount of Jergen’s can change that. Hydrocortisone is actually a topical immunosuppressant. You may need to take pills to do that for you.

  7. huggz

    I think it really needs to be checked out professionally. The thing with lupus is that it can manifest in various ways, and your rash may appear different from another’s.
    You cannot just assume sun damage and self treat, get the rpofessional opinion before you try anything else;

  8. becky b

    I have sevre fatigue and pian in my joints plus a rash on my face that looks like a butterfly is this lupus.?
    had a ANA test it came back normal. I can’t get enough sleep tired all the time. the sun affects my skin. could this still be lupus with a normal ana test? help!

    1. Bobby<3

      you could be allergic to something and this time of year everyone is really tired…..im not a doctor and I don’t know much about lupus, I hope it is not lupus but you should go to the doctor.

  9. Eden*

    I agree with Brian. Rumours and hearsay with a desire to hurt and dismantle someone is pernicious. And as you said once in another post, useless to defend yourself when a person’s mindset is immovable.
    I can understand the Lupus rash for obvious reasons, although it was the one thing my daughter was never afflicted with severely, now and then she did have patches of dry skin that turned red and brown and were very painful and as a result she never wore dresses or skirts in the summertime so if Michael wore a glove to try and disguise his condition why does anyone have a problem with that?
    He’s going to be judged no matter what facts come out to the contrary sadly

  10. Anonymous

    Is it normal to get a bad rash while using retin a ?
    I was prescribed retin a by my dermatologist to lighten freckles and help get rid of acne on my face. The first day i brought it home i applied a fairly light amount to only affected areas on my face and automatically felt a stinging sensation were i had applied it , which i guess was normal since that was one of the side affects. The third day of use still the same affect but now only that my skin was irritated red , itchy ,dry and it felt like i had a pony tail on so tight that it made me feel like my skin was stretched out to the point i even felt Chinese . I automatically stopped use of it and noticed only now that my skin started peeling on the fourth to fifth day and was also accompanied now with a red irritated itching hurt to touch rash . The truth is that it even looks like a swollen sunburn or even like a bad case of lupus rash only around my eyes, cheecks, and chin that hurts . I am to embarresed to come out of my house cause of the way i look and am running out of ideas. So i would appreciate some good experienced advice on how to treat it and if it is normal or not to be experiencing these side affects with this medication.

  11. melina

    I think i have lupus disease but my Rheumatologist will not confirm it…?
    My Ana test was positive 1/1280+.I have red rashes all over my face,neck,shoulders,chest.This happens on a daily bases and it is very intence.It appears usually when i am feeling stressed or because of photosensitivity( sunlight) and goes away after one hour or so.I have pain in my joins,but this also goes away with aspirin.The rashes bother me the most, i’m always trying to wear clothes,so other people cannot see. My Rheumatologist says it looks like lupus,but the evidence is not enough for him to give me medicin,since all the other tests came out negative( Anti-Cardiolipin, Anti-DNA ,Anti-Ro/SS-A ,Anti-Sm antibodies) .I did not ask for a second opinion. It has been two years now.I still feel fatigue,have headaches,rashes…Is this all from stress and due to sensitivity of my skin?Should I repeat the test and ask for a second opinion?

    1. ellimnist

      From personal experience, the ANA is the most common test for lupus, but since all the others came out negative which also usually come out positive it may be something else. It takes a long time for diagnosis of Lupus, took like two years to figure out what i had. You may have HSP which is extremely rare but they thought i had it, similarities to lupus except it goes away after a certain time period. Get a second opinion. Definitely get a second opinion you will most likely get medication, Prednisone, a steroid and Plaquniel (spelled wrong) an immunosuppresent. stops the pain.

  12. Lulin the Nephilim

    Peculiar symptoms..? What’s wrong with me?
    If you are not in the medical field or studying medicine or have not experienced these symptoms as well, then please don’t give your input. If you know someone that has had these symptoms, that is acceptable, I am willing to hear anyones opinion except from those that have no idea what they are talking about or have something nasty to say.
    I have a long list of symptoms; I am not a hypochondriac; I don’t have insurance so I can’t see a doctor about it right now.
    I have nearly all the symptoms of Lupus and Cushings Disease, but my previous doctor last year dismissed my concerns and diagnosed me with Poly cystic Ovarian Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hepatitis B. My PCOS diagnoses was just him saying he’s sure I have that because of some symptoms. I had blood work and my ovaries came back just fine, yet I was still diagnosed with PCOS anyway.
    Ok, symptoms: Daily fatigue, awful back and shoulder pain, upper body obesity, a rounded face, increased fat around the neck, and relatively slender arms and legs,bruises easily, and heals poorly., never developed breasts, no period for over a year (I’m 25), thinning hair on scalp, but hirotism (excessive body hair), stomach discomfort, urine smells very strong of ammonia without signs that it’s a UTI. Dark circles under my eyes, excessive thirst, bright red cheeks, diagnosed with osteoperosis I’m 25!!! skin problems including frequent acne around my chin (I never had acne as a teen), Depression & Anxiety, Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms (the excess production of keratin, creates a goose-bump appearance), boils and bumps on butt, now a rash on my butt! I know I sound disgusting, but please don’t make me feel worse than I already do about myself. Please help me out if you are familiar with these problems… I’m sure I have other problems that I’m not contributing to the list, so if you want to ask if I have other symptoms, please ask and I will answer asap.
    Thank you both for your responses, however – I have already been tested numerous times for thyroid problems and they function very well. As for diabeties, my fasting glycemia level is 79-80, so I’m nowhere near diabeties, I’m closer to hypoglycemia, but not that either. As for meningitus, I was also tested for that a while ago and that was negative. I have Hep B. so that could explain a liver problem, since Hep B eats at your liver when in flare. I was told to keep an eye on a stomach rash or soreness around the liver, which I don’t have. So I’m not concerned about a liver problem right now. Anyone else have any ideas?
    My BMI is high, it’s 27. I am just below obesity, which really sucks. I used to be very thin and active – age 20/21 I was 80lbs lighter and much more active. Over 5 years I have gained 80lbs and pain has overwhelmed me to the point where I am not as active. I play with my son and I am a postal worker – so I get mild/moderate exercise, but at the end of the day, I’m wiped out and in pain. For osteo – I consume a lot of Vit D and normally take supplements. Lupus, I was unaware of the plastics! I am constantly drinking from plastic bottles and cans without washing. I only run my fruits & veggies under a cold tap for maybe 30 seconds before consuming… so I guess that’s bad. Steroids, I can’t recall ever taking any – but it’s possible.

  13. Army ♥ Wife

    make up to cover lupus?
    I was diagnosed with lupus about 10 months ago, i have a butterfly rash across my face and very dry skin. I use lotion on it everyday but cant find a make up that works well. I have fairly pale skin with the exception of the rash. Is there any foundation that would help and not look fake?

    1. Sur La Mer

      I have that too. It gradually faded after 8 years, it is still there but it is going away you can’t even notice it anymore.

      I tried the best makeup (done at the counter) samples and none worked, so I just don’t bother.

      One lady actually made my face up, by the time I got home (10 mins. later) they started dripping all over my face.

      I avoided the sun since I was 13, and I got them, just the same!!!! After I was diagnosed, I carry my wide brim hat everywhere I go, and I protect myself even in the car, or during my travels. If I got lupus, I will not get them again, nor do I want what happened to my face elsewhere.

  14. Esha

    how many of you have or know someone with lupus – and how did you get it diagnosed?
    hi, i live in the uk and myself, my family and even my doctors know i have lupus, although struggling to get a diagnosis as it hasnt shown up in my blood test or skin biopsy. i suffer from awful butterfly rashes on my face, am prone to infections, when i am particularly rund down rings appear all over my body, i am suffering with terrible arthritis, especially in the mornings amongst many other things. now they want to do a bone marrow biopsy, which im afraid of. why do i need the official diagnosis if im already receiving all the medication. so how did u discover you had it, and how does it affect you? thanks xx

  15. Skay

    I have sarcoidosis and now I am being tested for lupus because of fatigue, rashes on face and upper body.?
    I am taking hyrdoxychloriquine for the sarcoid. My hair has begun to fall out. My skin is exxxtremely dry and itchy. Its painful. Is this a symptom of Lupus?
    If the drs are having problems properly diagnosing & treating me, what should I do? These treatments and meds are expensive! I need relief from the discomforts of the disease. Any suggestions are appreciated

  16. Belle Kell

    HELP!!**Autoimmune disorders and skin rash/irritations? ~~?
    4 the past yr, on the right side of my face i have this pin point rash. there are many red bumps, most of them are flat~ occassionally some will raise and can be popped!~ this always made me think it was acne/ blocked pores. but my Fam. thinks its not! When i apply my acne meds on it, it worsens and the red dots accumulate! so i just use a bit of Physicians forumla concealer on it now, bcuz no matter what i use it DOES NOT go away! I hav been seeing an oncologist who has been doin bloodwrk. he says he has a possible diagnosis of Hashimotos Thyroiditis?? he put me on thyroid pills which i havent started Yet~~ he tested me 4 lupus recently n i hav not got the results yet. my bloodcount is also low too.
    I am jus curious, do u think it may caused by my health? is it acne? I use benzoyl peroxide frequently (not on the irritated area) and a bit hairspray also. my hair doesnt really rub against that side of my face tho it gets worse.. better.. worse.. but never permanently goes away!

    ideas?
    thnx kell xx

    1. radiowwww

      I believe it is health related, and aggravated by environment. This aggravation could be anything from a minor , unknown allergy, to something which simply irritates your nerves. The condition seems to be stimulated on a regular basis. Have you been using a new or different pillow?

  17. angelinaismywifey

    dry skin, odd scarring bumps on face, neck, back and raynauds syndrome…..what could this be!?
    scaly hands and thickened skin on hands and feet
    swelling of any possible joint
    circulation problems and changes
    abnormal amounts of grey hairs all of a sudden
    weight loss
    gastrointestinal problems
    itchy skin!

    etc! i cant get a diagnosis i wanna say its lupus but w/ a rash that is noticable to everyone else …

  18. Snooks M

    I think I could have lupus but I am not sure how to talk to my dcotor about it..?
    When I was younger I tested positive for Lupus but my pediatrician said because I didn’t have a butterfly rash, he didn’t think I had it. So he gave me athritis meds and said I had rheumatoid athritis and sent me on my way. Years later I still suffer from the joint pain in my hands, hips, back and legs. I am exausted all the time, I have been diagnosed with anemia. I have been having emense pain in my lower back but it doesnt feel like my spine. I can’t stretch it out, I feel as if I am being stabbed. I am also on meds to control night terrors, paranoia and hypopalmic Hallucinations. I have super bad dry skin that causes these red bumps all over my arms form the wrist up even to my back and my face feels like sand paper. I feel as if they are treating the symptoms but not the problem. They give me ambien to force me to sleep. I have sever headaches and even dizzy spells. When I talk to my doc, he never runs tests just tells me to buy lotion which I own tons and pills for motion sickne
    ss. I just want to feel well again. I am tired of being in Pain. I need referals to go somewhere and he doesnt’t even refer me to a specialsist to get answers

    1. mgnysgtcappo

      You need to demand that you see a specialist. A doctor has an obligation to help you feel better. If he can’t then he needs to send you to someone who does.

      Here’s what you should do. Call and make and appointment with him. Prior to going to your appointment make a list of every symptom that you are having along with all the medications that you are taking. Have a family member come with you as an advocate. When the doctor comes into the room calmly and methodically go over the list of symptoms and medications that you are taking. Tell him that you don’t feel better and all of the medications aren’t helping. Tell him that you desire a second opinion and need a referral to a rheumatologist.

      He’ll either do one of two things. He’ll either refer you to a rheumatologist or he’ll tell you that you don’t need to see anyone else. If he gives you the referral then you’re good.

      If not then you let him know that you’ll be making an appointment on your own to see a rheumatologist for a second opinion. If they find something that he failed to test for then you will report him to the AMA for possible malpractice.

      Once you mention this he’ll give you the referral. No doctor wants to be wrong but no doctor wants to be reported to the AMA for failing to listen to a patients complaints only to have those complaints validated. I know it sounds harsh but you really need to get some answers. This will work 100% of the time.

      Having a family member or a friend in the room with you during this will also put more pressure on him/her as it’s not just your word against his/hers anymore you have a third party involved.

      The stabbing pain you feel in your back could be kidney issues. Have you had a urine test recently? I would make sure you follow up as soon as you can because if you do have Lupus and it has attacked your kidneys, time is of the essence.

      I wish you all the best!

  19. Crisen H

    Possible Lupus?
    Is lupus a slow progression or does it rapidly develop? I think I may have lupus. After researching, I’ve come to realize that I have several of the symptoms, some I’ve had for years and others developed recently.I’m 25 Symptoms are: Knee pains; started in my early teens,had x-rays but they showed nothing.In the past few years they’ve started giving out and tingling like they’re going to sleep. Next: migraines; started in my later teens, Dr. said they were stress related. I’m tired alot, I get the recommended 7-8 hrs of sleep most nights but I’m still tired. Then there is depression/anxiety:Started having mild anxiety attacks and mild depression in my late teens, again Dr. said it was stress. I also have been getting knots on my legs when I stand for more than 10-20 mins. The knots don’t hurt. This spring I was out in the sun and developed a rash on my exposed skin.First it felt like razor burn, then it became itchy.Never happened before. None on my face however.Normal signs of lupus?
    About the skin rash, it was definitely not a sunburn, I’ve had plenty of those. It was small red bumps. My mother has the same reaction to the sun/tanning bed but her’s is everytime she’s in the sun. Her doctor told her it was just an unexplained reaction to sun rays. Any other suggestions on what the rash could be?

    1. hello

      Well, those are all the symptoms that I had for APS a sister of Lupus that was dismissed by doctors for years! Migraines were TIAs. Geez, I knew my vision cutting out in one eye wasn’t right.

      I suggest you see a rheumatologist and get tested for both Lupus and APS.

      I am now on Coumadin, Aspirin and Plaquenil and guess what most of my problems including the so called “depression” is gone. Listen to what your body is telling you.

      ETA following your comments: Polymorpic Light Eruptions? Sounds like it is time to see a dermatologist. But tanning beds are high in UV that set off Lupus rashes. Start taking pictures of them for your doctor. And stay out of the tanning bed.

  20. Kimberly F

    Do I have Lupus? Should I get it checked out?
    I have looked up the symptoms of this illness and while I have many of them I’m not sure if it’s worth getting checked out. I have skin rashes, not on my face usually, but on my arms and legs. I have mild to extreme fatigue even if I am only walking, and I wouldn’t consider myself out of shape, being a normally active girl. Hair loss in an even spread around my scalp is also a problem. While its not visual noticeable, I can tell my hair is nowhere near as thick as it use to be, and handfuls of hair come out for 3 or 4 days straight off and on. I often feel depressed or nervous. Generally I just feel weak, like I have no energy.

    1. patricia c

      you sure have a lot of symptoms , first go to your Dr. get all this stuff answered so you know for sure.then you get some counseling.good luck ,and don’t look up any more symptoms or diagnoses.

  21. Life Less Frightening

    Could I possibly have Lupus?
    When I was about 6 years old my family was told that my older brother had lupus. He spent alot of time in hospital, his illness was never really resolved, and some doctors disputed this diagnosis. He is well now (15 years on). At the time I was too young to really understand what was going on.

    Ufortunately for the past few years I have been very unwell. I’m female and 20 years old. I suffer from depression, extreme fatigue, sensitivity to light, memory problems, sore joints, sometimes I get very sharp pains in my chest when breathing, I have been told that I have like borderline anaemia. I also get rashes on my skin – always in the same places, face and hands.

    Do you think there is a possibilty I could have undiagnosed lupus?

    Over the years I have been tested for thyroid problems, aneamia, hypoglyceamia, diabetes, and cushings .. all of which have come back negative. The doctors seem just as clueless now as they were for my brother.

    Thanks.
    Thanks Amber =) I’m glad your Mom is doing well. I’m just confused, despite my GP knowing all of my symptoms and family history that they’ve never discussed the possibilty of lupus, or ruling it out. I’m due back on the 12th of March, maybe I could ask about being tested then?
    Thanks Jimsoulmate – Yeah, my gp seems happy to put all of my symptoms down to depression, which I just don’t agree with. I know I am depressed, but feel it’s down to an underlying condition. As I just don’t feel “well” anymore ….

    1. mr.bigz

      Take a look at the link below without delay. The doctors at the private hospital below are experts at dealing with these types and groups of symptoms. Your story is typical of a lot of people coming onto this site having had little or no help from their own doctors,or possibly having been misdiagnosed.

  22. sunshine_punk

    is this story of mine at all good?! :D?
    Intro.
    I never really had it all you could say. Most kids worried about wearing their brand named clothes, having amazing cars, and having the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend. Personally all i worried about something much bigger. All I want to do is live.
    My life was going great until i hit 14. My parents were constantly fighting, for reason i still don’t know. They were at each other throats. So much, I thought eventually the neighbors would call the police. I had to be like a mom to my sister Lilly, 12 (who was also my best friend), even though she was only 2 years younger then me, since my mom would blame us for all the arguing.
    One morning after 2 agonizing years of hell my dad walked out on us. My mother became depressed. She saw a shrink 2 times a week and hardly got out of bed. and that put an enormous amount of pressure on me.. More then was already set on me. The pain of my dad leaving was pretty awful. After he left, a new burden began to show its ugly face.
    Oh i guess i never really introduced myself properly. My name is Kailey. I’m now 16 years old, and im dying.

    Chapter 1

    “Breathe in and out deeply,” the nurse Sally said as she held a cold stethoscope to my chest. I did as I was told and answered a text message from Mona at the same time.

    “Come over tonight? My mom’s out, and we can cook something strange! bring Lilly along!” -Mona.

    “Yeah sounds great! I have to ask my mom first of course. But you know her. So I will probably be there. What time?” I replied quickly, and put away my phone as the doctor walked in.

    “Hello, Kailey. How are you today?” Dr. Highman asked.
    “Same old. Same old. I havent been having as much axiety attacks lately.” I said checking my phone seeing if the was a new text yet.
    “So, the pills are working then huh?”
    “Yup,” i hiccuped. “Excuse me, but its not a thrill having to add another pill to my daily million of them.” i said sarcastically.
    “I understand, but having Lupus, is a differicult disease to control.” He said while writing something down on his clipboard.
    Lupus is the common name for systemic lupus erythematosus, also called SLE. Common symptoms include feeling very tired and having joint pain or swelling (arthritis), a fever, and a skin rash. Over time, some people with lupus have problems with the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells, or nervous system. I have it really bad in my nervous system, my joints, and my lungs and heart. Not to mention, my shortness in breath and how im tired often, and get feverish every once and a while. I guess having it since i was 4 has something to do with all the symtoms.
    I nodded my head in agreement.
    “So hows your mother doing? I noticed she isnt here,” he looked up at the empty chair next to the examination table, “again,” then at me.
    I looked away from his gaze and answered, “Well she doing fine i guess, still doesnt get out much. but im making sue she eats properly and takesher meds. Don;t worry about it doc.” I smiled and looked up at him again.
    “Well that good. dont forget, her appointment is…”
    I cut him off, “Next week on tuesday, I know. I know.” I rolled my eyes, upset that i was 16 already and now had to drive her everywhere.
    He nodded, “Ok. Well, miss. Kailey, you seem to be just fine, just keep up everything your doing. and here are your medication refills.” He scribbled on a peice of paper and handed it to me.
    I looked at it and just slowly nodded.
    “See you next time.” He walked out of the room.
    I sat in the room for a while. I felt my pocket vibrate and took out my phone.

    “hmm, around 5? you guys can spend the night too, if you want.” -Mona.

    “Yeah ok sounds good. just got out of the doctors right now. heading home.” Send.

    I got off the table and walked out of the room. I was heading out the doctores office, but then turned into the restroom. i set my phone on the sink and unzipped my pants and sat down. i didnt even have to go. My eyes felt droopy. I got back up and zipped my pants back up, put my phone in my pocket and turnined on the sink. I washed my hands then rinsed my face. I looked at myself in the mirror for a while. My auburn hair next to my ears were wet from wetting my face. My hazel eyes were bloodshot from my lack of sleep last night. I rinsed my face once more, dried it off and walked out of the restroom.
    I opened the door to my old beat up mustang, and sat down.

    “Oh? how’d it go?” -Mona.

    “Ya know.. The same.” Send.

    “Nothing wrong?” -Mona.

    “Nope everythings A-OK. Well for me anyway. haha” Send.

    “Thats good. =] Are you nervous about starting junior year?” -Mona.

    I started the car and pulled out. I drove just down the road then stopped at a gas station for some snacks.
    I walked in the door and swear everyone stopped and looked at me. But I’m probably just paranoid. i walked around and grabbed a bag of hot fries, a 2 liter coke, a bag of chocolates, and some macrowaveable ravioli’s. Yum, what a lunch.
    I paid

  23. Melissa F

    Please Help Me! I’ve Had An Itchy Rash That Has Lasted Four Months. Lupus Rash?
    I’ve had a rash that started on my upper back that appeared after tanning one night. I’ve tanned before and never had this happen so I didn’t think it could be the tanning bed. Well I continued to tan and the rash begin to spread to my chest and then down my arms and on top of my hands. Then it spread over my cheekbones and over the bridge of my nose. It only appears in sun exposed areas. It’s stings, and itches and feels like it has a fever. It’s dry, scaly and shiny looking. I’ve spoken to several doctors and they all blame the tanning bed even though it’s been several weeks since I’ve been in one. When I get into the sun or around heat it seems to flare up more. From the pictures I’ve seen on the internet it resembles the lupus rash, especially the one on my face. I’ve had almost every symptom of lupus with other problems I’ve had but it seems like lupus rashes are not itchy nor do they have fever like mine. I’m a white female and I’m 28 years old. I’m also starting to see white spots all over my skin where the rash is present, like sun spots. I’ve tried-benadryl, hydrocortisone, bactriban, neosporin, nystatin, and various other anti-histammines etc. nothing relieves the itch or burn. This is driving me mad and becoming very bothersome. If anyone could please help me I would appreciate dearly. Thanks

    1. Dog Rescuer

      YOU NEED A DOCTOR NOT AN ONLINE BLOG..

      GET OFF THE COMPUTER AND GO TO THE DOCTOR.!!!!

      TOO MANY PEOPLE MISDIAGNOSE THEMSELVES BY USING ONLINE SITES ONLY TO MAKE A BAD MEDICAL PROBLEM 1000% WORSE..

  24. Lynna

    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?

  25. wot_tha

    Where does FibroMyalgia stop & Lupus Start? Is this condition ‘manageable’? Will I be able to return to work?
    After spending heaps of time, effort and money on specialists, I have been diagnosed with Fibro Myalgia, Raynauds Phenomenon together with a “side serving of SLE”.
    I find this diagnosis .. vague to say the least.
    I am taking Plaquinil, and pain killers.
    I have been unable to work for 3 months due to hot flushes, varying degrees of pain, chronic tiredness, crazy skin rashes etc ect.
    I have not had a period for 5 years (which is not such a bad thing! )
    yet, all the blood tests and ultrasounds reveal that I am not menopausal.
    Some mornings I can barely walk – my feet feel like they have been burnt, and they ache (like an elephant has stepped on them)
    When I move my shoulders they sound like rice bubbles – Snap, Crackle & Pop! They hurt like all fury as well.
    If my shoulders are not hurting then it’s my lower back, if it’s not my lower back, then it’s under my rib cage …. yarda yarda yarda!
    I have the memory span of a goldfish – which the teenage kids think is wonderful (they get away with lots)
    I regularly sleep 16 hours out of 24.
    I do not have a butterfly shaped rash on my face, it is on my neck. If I spend any time in the sun – regardless of hat, shirt or sunscreen – I come up in itchy, burning welts.
    Since I was 12 years old … After showering, swimming, perspiring, or sudden temperature change – I break out in an itchy hive type rash (great look for a teenage girl) for which I take antihistamines.

  26. Gurl .

    do guys still like girls with no makeup if the girl has really bad skin?
    i have lupus and thus i have a red rash on my face. it’s like little red blotches all over my face, especially my cheeks 😛
    not to sound full of myself but i’d say i’m fairly good looking aside from the rash and it is just frustrating. i know that guys prefer kissing girls who are not wearing makeup and that most guys like when girls look natural, but is that still true for a girl like me? i mean .. some days it is better and some days it is worse.. the rash i mean .. in the evenings it is usually fairly noticeable as i’ll be tired and my face will be flushed more than usual, bringing out the infection under my skin

    i’m not a little kid by the way lol i’m 18 and yea i’ve been on a few dates and i figure if i do end up being in a relationship soon (which i wouldn’t mind….. lol) then i’d just like to be informed 😛
    oh and also i’m not one of those girls who just pastes on the makeup like there’s no tomorrow until she looks fake lol

  27. LILGirl

    what could this be? skin condition?
    i am a 19 year old girl, with polycystic ovaries. i started taking diane35 against my severe acne and my hirsutism. a month ago i discovered an orangy rash on one area on my face. it disappeared quickly. now i have the same rash, but all over my left face. it looks so bad havin severe acne and a rash. i used a new facial mask, and neutrogenas fight and fade gel this week to try sth new. could this be a reaction. But the why only on one side ofthe face? could it be anything bad like lupus or sth? Will diane 35 clear my skin, as it is horrible with acne 🙁

  28. MaluLanix0x

    Does anybody know anybody with Autoimmune Hepatitis? Does it sound like I could have it?
    Last year I had Mono (Epstein Barr), and I noticed that my skin was turning yellowish and very, very itchy. Not to sound too graphic or anything, but my stools turned grey, and at other times completely white! I found out that I am a Celiac and have many, many antibodies against my thyroid (I have both Hashimotos and Graves). Its very likely that I have a mild Lupus and Sjogren’s (when I went to the doctor, she said I have a malar rash, photosensitivity, and some wierd rashes on my joints. When I went to the dentist, they had to keep the sprayer thing in my mouth the entire time!). My maternal aunt has Scleroderma and my paternal grandfather was type I diabetic. My problem right now is that I often feel VERY itchy, get wierd rashes & scalp problems, my skin turns yellowish, and lately it feels like a weight dropped in between my ribs. Once again, (not to be gross or whatever), my stools are turning lighter (and looks like nothing is being absorbed, sometimes). Recently my vitamin D levels came back low, and I had JUST been in Florida and was taking supplements. My bun creat ration was low as well. My legs, face, and stomach periodically swell up, and I feel confused and spacy often (was partially thyroid related). A year ago, my rheumatologist checked my liver enzymes & said they were fine, but I have to go back to her again! Does this sound like autoimmune hepatits though, is it hard to diagnose?

    1. Linda R

      Go to your rheumatologist as soon as possible. Autoimmunity is not something to be fooled with or guessed about. As for your BUN, you need to have your urine checked for protein excretion and cellular casts. When autoimmune diseases are untreated, they can kill you. Stop fooling around on yahoo and get to the doctor.

  29. MaluLanix0x

    Does anybody know anybody with Autoimmune Hepatitis? Does it sound like I could have it?
    Last year I had Mono (Epstein Barr), and I noticed that my skin was turning yellowish and very, very itchy. Not to sound too graphic or anything, but my stools turned grey, and at other times completely white! I found out that I am a Celiac and have many, many antibodies against my thyroid (I have both Hashimotos and Graves). My doctor just told me that it appears I am in the begining stages of Lupus and Sjogren’s. My maternal aunt has Scleroderma and my paternal grandfather was type I diabetic. My problem right now is that I often feel VERY itchy, get wierd rashes & scalp problems, my skin turns yellowish, and lately it feels like a weight dropped in between my ribs. Other times I look so pale, my mother pointed it out to me. My GI doctor told me that I have slow digestion (usually called gasteroparesis). My family and friends have been commenting on how I am randomly loosing weight, even though I feel like I eat so much (other times I just get so full so easily & feel nauseous). Once again, (not to be gross or whatever), my stools are turning lighter (and looks like nothing is being absorbed, sometimes). Recently my vitamin D levels came back low, and I had JUST been in Florida and was taking supplements. My bun creat ration was low as well. My legs, face, and stomach periodically swell up, and I feel confused and spacy often (was partially thyroid related). A year ago, my rheumatologist checked my liver enzymes. I rescently went to a new rhem & he took over 40 blood sampes & a urine sample! Does this sound like autoimmune hepatits though, is it hard to diagnose?
    after eating, I often have sqeezing pain in my back and pain in my lower sides under my back ribcage. I told my mom this & she says it sounds like a gall-bladder issue. I am NOT overweight, pregnant & not even 20 years old!

    1. Jus Tme

      Sounds like a few things are going on. Jaundice being one of them. Jaundice occurs because of the liver not functioning properly. There could be a whole slew of issues that cause the jaundice such as hepatitis or alcoholism. I’m not saying that is what is happening to you but lets not rule anything out. Have you told your doctor everything that is going on? Write a list of every symptom and give it to your doctor. If he ignores your symptoms, inform him that you will seek medical advice elsewhere. Doctors work for YOU! Dont allow them be complacent!

  30. Adam

    Lupus Question Please answer?
    Autoimmune Disease tends to run in my family, aunt died of Lupus. Another aunt has Graves.
    Although I experience some symptoms are these severe enough to get an ANA Test.?

    Chest pain, Skin rash. Skin rash on my face. And other parts of my body? just not quite sure maybe it could be something else.

    1. Beth Montana

      Hi Adam,

      Considering the symptoms you are experiencing, I really feel it may be a good idea to go ahead and have the ANA test done. It’s just a simple blood test that measures the anti-nuclear antibodies in your blood. If the levels are elevated it can suggest that you may be suffering from an autoimmune disease such as lupus.

      If it is elevated then your doctor will refer you to a Rheumatologist who will take a full medical history and conduct some more tests to determine exactly what you have.

      In the off chance that you do have lupus, and the fact that it runs in your family makes the chances a little higher, it is really important to have it diagnosed so that you can start preventative measures to control the disease so that you can have a good quality of life.

      You might find the website below helpful – it itemizes all the early symptoms of the disease and also explains the different kinds of lupus.

      Hope that has helped,

      Regards,

      Beth.

  31. Tyler

    i have this red rash on my face around the mustache area i need help?
    well i have really dry skin and this never really happened but once before i get this red rash around my mustache area and it peels and it has a burning sensation to it and it feels raw but it doesnt itch i have no clue what this is but my mom has lupus i dont know if i got it and this is it but it comes from being out in the sun but in this case i was swimming idk my skin is really really dry ffrom the water because i was swiming for like 2 hours straight the other day then took another swim today all i know is it hurts and im worried its somthing bad and if put cream or anything on it like moisturizer it burns idk if its a chemical rash or not i just need help

  32. Ursula

    I have an undiagnosed condition and need help!?
    I am a 20 year old female who has been having stomach problems for the past year or so, and it has gotten much worse in the past six months. The symptoms are now starting to affect more parts of my body, and the pain can be debilitating and is affecting my schoolwork. I was tested for thyroid issues and Celiac, but both were negative. I also went to the ER for abdominal pain a few weeks ago, but that didn’t turn up any new results.

    Here is a list of symptoms:

    Digestive symptoms – abdominal pain (sometimes crampy and all over, sometimes very sharp in right upper abdomen or left lower abdomen, sometimes made worse coughing or sneezing), LOTS of diarrhea, undigested food in stool almost every day, sometimes fat or mucus in stool, loss of appetite, lots of extreme bloating, some nausea/heartburn/dry-heaving, sometimes foods taste very different than they should (ex – candy tasting extremely acidic, milk tasting like sushi, plain white rice tasting nutty)

    Skin symptoms – I get a red skin rash almost every night or afternoon. It’s itchy, not raised, and not dry. It’s not related to any contact allergy or physical activity. Sometimes, it seems to happen more often or with more severity when I feel really warm or cold. My hair has thinned significantly in the past year, and I’ve started getting coarser hair elsewhere on my body (arms, face). My skin feels itchy most of the time.

    Nervous symptoms – extreme fatigue/malaise, depression/anxiety, headaches, trouble concentrating, photophobia and phonophobia, increased sensitivity to cold and heat, numbness in fingers

    Other symptoms – occasional low-grade fever, muscle weakness/pain, joint pain/swelling, easy bruising (once I got a bruise from the elastic band on my sweatpants and it wasn’t tight, another time on my arm from holding a package – the bruise was in a line from where the package was resting against my arm), I had some very mild jaundice and green-tinted urine at one point. I’m anemic and have high liver function according to the most recent tests. I don’t drink, and I don’t take any drugs unless they are prescribed (I deal with headaches by drinking water and resting). Small doses of Lortab helped relieve many of the digestive symptoms (prescribed by the ER). Diseases that have come up with my doctor are: lupus, Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, IBS, Celiac (apparently false negatives are common?), and diverticulitis. Also, gallstones and pancreatic cancer were suggested, but less likely. We are pretty sure it’s autoimmune.

    I’m sick of being sick, and am reaching out for help in every place possible. I would love any suggestions or ideas, questions to ask my doctor, tests to request, warm thoughts, or stories (if you had a similar illness and got a diagnosis or found a way to manage the symptoms). I’m seeing my doctor next week, but because I’ve already gone through two series of tests, I want to be more prepared this time to help lead to a diagnosis more quickly. Thanks in advance!

    1. Semper Fi

      You have a lot of symptoms that could indicate a variety of problems. Celiac Disease, possible intestinal obstruction (Intestinal carcinoma, lymphoma), bruising is indicative of a bleeding disorder such as Von Willebrand disease or leukemia. Upper right quadrant pain indicates gallbladder disease, especially if fever and nausea are present also. Some of your symptoms are also those that present with kidney disease and diabetes so you have a real jungle of symptoms which has a tendancy to lead me back to Celiac Disease because …

      Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder which can present with an amazing array of symptoms, Gastrointestinal (cramps, pain, bloating, fatty stools, nausea, vomiting), Neurological (tingling, numbness, nerve pain, fatigue, depression and more) and so it is just frustrating for people who have it yet have not been diagnosed plus false negative tests are common. The definitive diagnosis is based on a positive biopsy of the small intestine. It’s not uncommon to have a false negative blood test yet have a positive biopsy.

      If you had maybe thought you had Celiac Disease and went on a gluten free diet before being tested that could have created a false positive and it may create a false biopsy if you have been on the gluten free diet for anytime allowing your small intestinal cells to heal and the villi to re-establish. However that doesn’t sound likely that you have adapted the diet because you said you are still experiencing symptoms even though some people with refractory Celiac do not see a reversal of symptom via diet.

      If it were me I’d ask the doc to re-test for CD (blood work) and also do stool fat, total protein, albumin, calcium, vitamin b12, autoantibodies, vitamin d, vitamin e, CBC, CMP.

      Oftentimes Celiac Disease causes malabsorption (reason for fatty stool) and this in turn creates vitamin deficiencies within the fat soluble vitamins such as d, calcium, vitamin k. b12 and so forth. It also causes anemia in many people and a host of other symptoms and complications because (via autoimmune response) it can attack your organs such your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas (autoimmune response) thereby creating symptom from those sources as well.

      Celiac Disease can also cause lactose intolerance (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea in severe cases) and so this complication could be a portion of your symptoms.

      I would suggest you keep a very concise diary of your symptoms, including when they occur (time, date, etc…) and of course exactly what they are. Note what you eat daily so that you can correlate your food intake with symptoms (note whether symptoms appear immediately after, within hours, or even a day or two after ingestion). Be as accurate as possible and by this I mean if you chew a stick of gum, write it down because …

      You’d be amazed how many products we eat contain wheat, barley or rye (sources of gluten) or are processed with wheat, barley or rye products. Even spices can contain wheat and wheat derivatives that contain gluten. If you drink wine the oaken cask it was probably aged in most likely was treated on the inside of the cask with a wheat paste to prevent leakage. That paste leaches into the wine and guess what? If you have CD you will most likely suffer intestinal damage.

      Of course I am not saying you have Celiac Disease. You may not have it at all. You may have something else entirely such as cancer that could present with a myriad of strange symptoms or it could be a combination of gallbladder disease (pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, jaundice are all possible symptoms) and kidney disease. Now, don’t let what I write frighten you, simply get your doc to rule various possibilities out by doing the appropriate tests.

      I wish you better health 🙂

  33. Mrs. Duck

    What could be causing such bad cold sweats?
    I thought I was simply having night terrors, possibly related to having PTSD, but now I’m wondering if something else is going on. Whereas I used to wake up once or twice a month sort of sweaty, and fearful, these cold sweats are a lot more intense. I’ve woken up every night for the last week absolutely drenched in sweat. The past few nights I’ve actually woken up at least two or three times, and I’ve actually had to change pajamas and wipe off with a towel in water, I’m literally that soaked with sweat. I’m not waking up fearful or anything either, just dizzy, cold, and drenched.

    Now it’s happening during the day! I was in class today and I started feeling freezing. Next thing I know sweat is dripping down my back, my face, my legs. I got really light headed, and felt extremely weak. I’m going to see a doctor tomorrow, but I’m just at a loss for what could be causing this! I do have an autoimmune condition as well (possibly Lupus) and I ran out of my immune suppressing medication about a week ago. Usually without it I experience an increase in fatigue, joint pain, and skin rashes. I’m on a low dose, though, so I don’t really see how these fits of freezing sweats could be related.

    Any feedback would be appreciated!

    1. mom-mom

      It’s good to hear your seeing your doctor soon. Do you have any coughing or shortness of breath, any arm, neck, jaw or chest pain? Or anything like indigestion or abdominal pain? If you do, be sure and mention it to your doctor. Just a few things that cause night sweats – tuberculosis, cardiac irregularities, thyroid problems, and especially hormonal changes if you happen to be at that age.

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      If you do, be sure you mention

  34. VV15

    Do you think I may have lupus?
    I went researching about lupus, just for “fun”, and I noticed that I had some symptoms. This is the symptom list on a website about lupus, and a description of what I feel in front:

    Red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks: This is what worries me the most. I go to the beach everyday, and when I come home I often get what seems to be blushing above my eyes, like when a guy gets drunk.

    Painful or swollen joints: I have had joint pain for some while, but only on one knee. It’s a mild pain that comes at random times, regardless of what activity i’m doing.

    Unexplained fever: No fever at all

    Chest pain with deep breathing: No

    Swollen glands: No
    Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time): I can’t say I feel tired all the time. It’s more like laziness, if you know what I mean.

    Unusual hair loss (mainly on the scalp): No

    Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress: No

    Sensitivity to the sun: As I said in the first place I have clear skin and when i’m at the beach I tend to get burned.

    Low blood count: Don’t know, but I had one 4 years ago and everything was fine.

    Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory problems: Also worries me because I have hypochondria, as for memory issues I seem to forget very recent thoughts like 10 or 20 seconds ago.

    I also have some sinus inflammation, and my face gets hot at night when i’m home.

    1. emtd65

      I do have Lupus and it is a very serious condition. It is very difficult to diagnoses and many people wait years for a diagnoses. If everyone were diagnosed by looking in a text book it would be great, but instead we go through years of tests and criticism from many specialists, some of whom tell us it is all in our heads. There is no one test to diagnose Lupus and all lupus patients present differently and suffer differently as well respond differently to treatment. Some live long productive lives others are not so lucky. Unless you truly believe you have a condition, be careful with what you read for fun and always consult a doctor. It is also good to go armed with proof as you have done – always stay a step ahead.

  35. Gurl .

    would using only concealer and no foundation or powder be enough in my specific case?
    so i have lupus and due to that i have a rash on my face. i have redness on my cheeks and a few bumps and blemishes here and there as well. on a good day, i have no or almost no bumps, but will still have red spots on my skin and some redness.

    for the past 1.5 years i’ve using the whole makeup routine … foundation, concealer, powder, blush/bronzer. but i’m wondering, does concealer to a pretty good job of covering things up when used only on its own? some days i’m in more of a casual mood but so far i’ve been too ‘scared’ to try nothing but concealer 😛 i do have some freckles on my nose and i like my natural look, so i don’t want to cover all that with the foundation all the time. and last summer was a PAIN with all that gunk on my face and the extreme heat melting it all.
    @ chels: uh HELLO?? i have LUPUS! did you miss that part? it’s not just an acne problem that will clear up. frigg i wish it were!

  36. Dance-a-Holic

    I need help editing my research paper. I’m really bad at papers…..please help!?
    Well, its on lupus. I have the intro and two body paragraphs, and I still need to do the conclusion. So, I was wondering what I should change on my paper, and what I need to add..? I also have to do a powerpoint based on the paper, that should last a minimum of 5 minutes up to 15.

    The reason why I chose this topic was because my dad has lupus, and I wanted to know more about the topic. He was diagnosed with lupus when he was about fourteen years old. He still receives treatment for it by going in for blood tests and taking medication He has the most common form of lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), in which causes the antibodies to react against his own normal tissue. He has arthritis and joint problems, but nothings wrong with his internal organs. To support my dad and other lupus survivors, my family and I all go to the lupus walk in honor of remembering the people who had lupus that died. The things the audience can expect to read in this paper are the different types of lupus, the symptoms, the treatment and cures.
    Lupus is the result of an unbalanced immune system that can be destructive to any organ in the body. It can be categorized into three groups: discoid lupus Erythematosus, systemic lupus Erythematosus, and drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus. DLE is always limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck, and scalp. It can evolve into the systemic form, which can affect any organ or system of the body. Systemic lupus Erythematosus is more severe than discoid lupus and can affect almost any organ or organ system of the body. No two people with SLE will have identical symptoms. Drug-induced systemic Lupus Erythematosus occurs after the use of certain prescribed drugs. It is more common in men, because the drugs are given to them more often.
    Lupus is hard to diagnose because it has a wide range of symptoms involving various parts of the body; and symptoms differ from each person. Most people develop painful joints and a rash, but lupus may also cause fatigue, depressions, and kidney problems. The treatment of lupus varies from person to person because each person has different symptoms. Most people with SLE require a regular blood test to check for lupus flares. Medication is the primary medical treatment for lupus. Presently, there are no other methods available to treat lupus because there is nothing else that can have the necessary impact on the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but with early diagnosis and proper medical treatment it can significantly help control the disease.

    thanks. it would be much appreciated!!!!

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