Dry skin is just what it sounds like. For some reason, the moisture that is in your skin is no longer there. For most people, the body produces a number of different natural oils that keep the skin moist and soft. It does this only so that your skin is soft but so that it is less likely to be injured or to dry out. But, for some reason, your skin has reduced the amount of oils that it is producing. Or, you are washing away those oils so often that your skin is left feeling dry, itchy and even painful.

All of these conditions can be prevented. For some, medical conditions are to blame for their dry skin. When that is the case, it is even more important to seek out the help of your doctor. Often, there is help for your condition whether it is just applying lotions or taking better care of your skin in the first place.

The causes for dry skin range in severity too. While you may be just a bit uncomfortable with the itchy skin, for others it is painful. Some of the causes that you may have been exposed to is low humidity, too much washing, soap too harsh for the skin, not enough vitamin A, an illness and sunlight.

The cause of your dry skin may be something different, too. The fact is that there are many causes to this common condition. The good news is that most of the time all that is needed is prevention from these conditions or a few moisturizers to give you the relief you deserve.

There are medications on the market that can help with stopping both the itch and the dry skin. These are available as over the counter products. Look for over the counter 1 percent hydro-cortisone cream on the effected areas. If they are very bad, contact your doctor who will likely give you another prescription strength product to take.

You can also try to take a bath that mixes warm water with one cup of oatmeal in it. To do this, place about a cup of oatmeal in a cotton cloth and cook it as you normally would. Ad this to the bathtub and use it as a sponge to help relieve the dry skin and the itch. There are also a number of products on the market that can provide this same help to you.

If you have dry skin so badly that you have been scratching it heavily, you should take the time to call on a doctor to find relief. If you have scratched the skin so much so that you have broken it open and it is a painful sore, you should seek help.

Here are several cases in which you really should pick up the phone and call on your doctor for some help.

1. If your body itches and feels like there is something bothering your skin much like that of dry skin, call on your doctor. You may or may not have a rash that you can notice.

2. If you have dry skin that is itching you severely that it is interfering with your day to day function or sleep, call on your doctor.

3. If your home treatment of your dry skin has not been helping or providing any relief after several applications, call on your doctor.

There are several different medical conditions that can lead to problems like dry skin. Ichthyosis vulgaris is one of them. This condition is also known as fish scale disease as the skin has problems shedding its dead skin cells. Instead, they accumulate on the skin and cause what looks like thick scales on the skin. This happens often on the lower legs and can range in color.

Another medical condition is that of lamellar ichthyosis. This condition is one that lasts throughout your life. Infants are born with the condition which will produce scales of different sorts throughout the body. This condition is one that leads to disfiguring results and often to psychological damage as well. Another condition is that of asteatotic eczema, which is a condition that leaves the skin with dry, scaly, fissured skin. The skin is itching and may become inflamed which leads to bleeding. This condition can happen to anyone but is most common in the elderly.

Yet another condition in which dry skin plays a role is that of Psoriasis. This condition is one that results in the skin having dry scales that are usually a silvery color. Sometimes, they can look like dandruff. Those that have this condition are likely to have skin that is cracked and will bleed. Pus filled blisters are also common. Unfortunately, this is a disease that is chronic and often has flares that happen sporadically. Most patients are diagnosed with this disease in their early twentys but it can happen at any time in your life.

Dry skin is something to consider being proactive about. If you are one of the many that suffers from dry skin in the winter or even in the warmer months, it is important to do your best to take care of it now. You can start by taking time to moisturize, protection against sun and cold, do not take hot showers and eat a well balanced diet.

86 thoughts on “The Prevention And Treatment Of Dry Skin

  1. J

    Is cracking skin tissue on the feet a possible symptom of lupus? what could cause this?
    I don’t really wanna freak out, and I don’t think my mom has lupus (of course I have no way of knowing now), but she was stating that the skin tissue on the bottom of her feet was cracking and breaking, creating almost what are cuts all over her feet. She said she is concerned that if this is apparent in other tissue she may have lupus. What could cause something like this sort of reaction to skin tissue? Is cracking skin tissue a symptom of lupus? She has degenerative disc disease if that information is good for evaluation.

    1. architeuthis666

      Where on earth did she get the idea cracked feet could be caused by lupus? Cracked heels and feet are a very common problem–she just needs to see a good podiatrist. Symptoms of lupus are things like swelling, arthritis-like symptoms, fever and rashes, and fatigue.

  2. sassy

    my Dr thinks i might have systemic lupus?
    hi my dr thinks i might have systemic lupus, i’m broke out all over with a rash ,and i have a half sister that was diagnosed with skin lupus about 4 months ago i’m trying to research systemic lupus and alot of the facial pics found under systemic lupus (butterfly rash) looks identical to mine and i have about 80% of the symptoms my dr took blood today to do the blood test to check for it . and after researching it i’m scared and worried about getting back my test results can someone please fill me in on how to properly care for systemic lupus and what my future living with systemic lupus might hold??

    1. lupusohana

      Hi, I’m a lupus patient as well, but as with all diseases, it is best that this was caught in the earlier stages. Now you can deal with it before it spreads to more organs. I know this is very scary for you – it was for me as well.

      The best advice I can give you is to get educated as best as you can and to get as much support as you can.

      Read up on lupus. There are very basic and informative books published. The Lupus Book is a great one to start off with. Stay out of the sun, don’t eat alfalfa and force yourself to rest (even if you are having a good day – because the next day, you’ll be tired).

      Find people who know about lupus. Ask around your community for a support group of lupus, arthritic, or fibromyalgia group. Always keep up a good dialog with your doctor and never change your meds with out letting your doc know.

      I was born with lupus and have been living with it all my life. I’m coming up to my mid-40s. It hasn’t always been pleasant and I have had my ups and downs. But it’s my life and I make the best of it.

      All of us with a chronic illness have much in common and have good days and bad ones. With lupus, there are many of us who are FORTUNATE to go into remission. You may become one of them. No one knows. If you do, great! If you don’t, so be it. We all learn to deal with what is before us and we do it with each other. You are not alone. Especially since you have a sister. Ask her for help. Your situation is even more special than most.

      Good luck and take care. If you need anything, please let us know.

  3. Elise

    How accurate is the diagnosis of Lupus from the results of a skin biopsy?
    I developed a rash three weeks ago. It began as one scabbed-over little hole in my thigh. Then it spread all over my stomach, eventually to my arms, and neck. They start as little red hard bumps, then kind of look like a pimple, but you cant pop it, then they become little indents of scabs in my skin for weeks. I have been extermely emotional lately, crying very easily and generally feeling depressed. I have also skipped my a few periods (and Im sure Im not pregnant) The doctor performed a skin biopsy on one of the bumps. He mentioned he was looking for excema, but i don’t know if that has anything to do with the type of skin biopsy or test he ordered. The results came back as lupus, however i don’t have the butterfly rash or joint pain that are symptoms of lupus. My skin rash symptoms are not sun related, since the rash began in areas of my body that never see the sun. I also dont have a family history of lupus. How accurate are the results of a skin biopsy? Could this be lyme disease?

  4. crimsonshedemon

    Lupus is considered the great imitator. It’s important for all other health problems to be eliminated before a lupus diagnosis can be entertained.
    Follow up on the possible bipolar diagnosis. Some of the meds used for bipolar are used in arthritis patients (lupus is a form of arthritis).
    At the same time, I suggest keeping a health journal. Log several times a day, how you feel, the weather, what you ate, how you slept, your activity for the day, etc, etc. After a few weeks, you’ll see a pattern.
    Also, find a doctor who’s really open to finding out what’s wrong with you, one that won’t stop until he/she has the answer.
    I was diagnosed with lupus 13 years ago. It’s not a disease I wish on anyone, ok maybe a few people.. but still…. the meds are serious and the diagnosis needs to be certain. Your doctor can refer you to a rheumatologist for a more definitive diagnosis. Only a rheumatologist is qualified to make a lupus diagnosis as it’s too confusing and has many variables that other doctors forget to factor in.
    If you have more questions, email me.
    Take care

  5. Asia β™₯

    Please help me figure out what is wrong with me… Could it be Lupus?
    I’m trying to figure out what I have. My doctor is terrible and doesn’t believe anything I say. All he does when I ask for a test is say “You don’t need that test.” He thinks everything is all in my head for some reason but it’s not. I’ve been feeling ill for about 4 years now.

    My symptoms are:

    On and off loss of appetite and nausea.
    Extreme fatigue.
    Dizziness (Once it felt like the whole room was spinning – it was terrifying.)
    Sensitivity to light (Camera flashes make me feel nauseous.)
    Weakness (It’s hard to hold on to things etc.)
    My toes turn purple on and off (They look like Zombie toes….)
    My cuts don’t heal well and almost always leave a scar, even small cuts.
    Hair loss (Alopecia areata)
    Pale skin
    Anxiety (I shake alot when I’m nervous)
    Shortness of breath
    Change of eye sight (I can’t focus on things as quickly and the back of my eyes feel strained)

    I just found it weird that Lupus symptoms include the purple toes and hair loss…no other disease has both of them together…

    and I have 2 autoimmune disorders, so I’m thinking it must be an autoimmune disease I have

    The only thing is I don’t have joint pain…my knee’s do hurt sometimes but not enough to bother me. And I’ve never had the common “Butterfly rash” that some people with Lupus have.

    Everyone thinks its Diabetes but I’ve been checked for that.

    Could I have Lupus without the pain?

    1. Luv2smile

      I honestly can’t tell you what you have because I am not a doctor, however I am a mother. I would go to another doctor till you get answers. πŸ™‚

  6. superchick2314

    I am presenting symptoms of Lupus. What kind of doctor treats Lupus? They are dermatological now, so I am…?
    seeing a dermatologist. Currently I have two different auto-immune responses happening – I just found a two inch in diameter bald spot on the back of my head and I have had two dry skin patches under each of my eyes, looks like the butterfly pattern. The bald spot happened last week and the butterfly patch has been there since October and my doctor cannot make it go away – only temporarily through topical steroids. I am 38 now. Twenty years ago in college, I had vitaligo, which is when your skin looses pigment under my left eye – I remember not being able to tan there, eve a self-tanner would not change the color in that one spot. I had a TIA – mini stroke when I was 25 and have no other symptoms of heart disease. I had HELLP when I was pregant. That is where your liver is inflammed and your body stops making red blood cells. I had to get 16 units of blood products after I delivered. My son was also premature. I also have a gastro-intestinal condition that my doctors cannot treat.

    1. Linda R

      Rheumatologists treat systemic lupus as well as other autoimmune disorders.

      Scleroderma, mentioned in another answer, is not limited to the skin. It can affect organs, too.

      It sounds like you are very bright and able to descrbie your symptoms and history clearly. That will help you get to a diagnosis. You could quite possibly have several autoimmune disorders in overlap. That’s common.

      Be persistent and make certain that all the doctors you see know what the others have done as far as diagnosis goes. Get a huge, fat looseleaf notebook and keep all your records in it. This will be helpful along the line.

      I hope you find your answer.

  7. 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.

  8. tilly

    people who have lupus, when they get skin discoloration in the toes, is the discoloration white?
    i heard is one of the symptoms, are the toes always pale white and cold during a flare up? can someone who experienced the symptom decribe…? : ) thanks

    1. Tracy L

      I was diagnosed with lupus 6 years ago and I usually have a paleness in my skin and my nail beds are usually white. However with iron supplements the colour usually returns. This can also be caused from the fact that I’m anaemic as well

  9. ShadowWolfWarrior1

    Can cystic acne come with having Lupus?
    My doctor thinks I might have Lupus because I have some of the symptoms
    but I looked up Lupus and it doesn’t mention Acne only skin rashes I thought maybe it didn’t mention acne because it’s not that common with Lupus. Does anyone know someone with Lupus and are they getting Cystic acne form it?

    1. lupiechef

      There are a few forms of lupus, one effecting the skin is called discord lupus. You might want to look this up rather than lupus in general. Acne is not a symptom of lupus so you must have other issues as well for your Doctor to be considering this as a possibility.

  10. 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.

  11. dirtysnookums

    Does anyone know the symptoms of Lupus, does the skin become very irritated?
    I was told I may have Lupus, MS, or Arthritis, after my ANA test returned positive

    1. brenda4ever

      Red rash or color change
      Painful or swollen joints
      Unexplained fever
      Chest pain with deep breathing
      Unusual hair loss
      Pale or purple fingers or toes
      Sensitivity to sun

  12. 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 πŸ™‚

  13. Connie C

    How can something like this discoid lupus be in the intugmentary(skin) and not be in the system ? is the skin?
    not a part of our whole and including , blood vessels, veins lymph ( the skin is a living organ too) Dr’s please ansewer this for me signed worried. Plaqnil is the Tx of choice I ve been given , but other symptoms that affect my eyes and liver also manifest.

    1. Linda R

      Lupus is a disorder of the immune system. It affects different patients in different ways. It can also change over time in the very same patient.

      When UVA and UVB light hit the skin, they alter the DNA in the cells at the surface. Lupus patients make an antibody to this altered DNA. Normal people just wrinkle or get skin cancer over time. We get rashes. When the “allergic” reaction starts it can cause rashes all over the place.

      When antibodies label something as an invader, the immune system kicks in. If the antibodies label the wrong thing, the immune system will try to destroy whatever is labeled. The other immune cells notice the “label” and surround the target, releasing chemicals to digest it and causing the formation of huge molecules called immune complexes. The chemicals cause inflammation which causes rashes, inflammation and pain.

      The immune complexes or garbage are supposed to be processed in the spleen. Our immune “garbage” carriers are also confused and a tad bit lazy. They dump the complexes wherever they want. When the immune complexes get dumped somewhere else in the body-joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, skin, etc. They cause more pain, inflammation and damage.

      Plaquenil interrupts the process of cells surrounding the targets by changing the Ph on the surface. Plaquenil is a drug that lupus patients stay on for life if they have no bad side effects. It’s not like taking an ibuprofen and a headache going away. Plaquenil must be maintained in order to do its work.

      You do not say what your eye and liver problems are. Liver problems can be caused by many things-lupus, medications, other disease. Lupus can affect the eyes, and so can plaquenil. Very rarely, patients get what is called chloroquine retinopathy. If you get your eyes checked every six months and have a “field of vision” test you will be fine. The chances are very small that plaquenil will cause damage. If it does, the damage is very, very slow. The six month eye exam will pick it up. If you stop the drug, you stop the damage.

  14. arianna3at

    I have a lot of the signs and symptoms of lupus how do I get tested I also have no primary doctor?
    I have horrible rashes rashes on my hands and feet that just progressively get worse they almost look like little blisters in clumps and they make the skin raw. I get fatigued for standing it seems like or any other activity. My hands and feet turn blue when i am tired or cold.Ihave had chronic urinary tract and kidney infection since i started menstrating 9 years ago. This time frame is similar to when all other symptoms started. also any herbal naturopathic or homeopathic remidies for these symptoms would be helpful. (must be safe to use while breastfeeding)

    1. 1GR8MOM

      Go see a naturopathic doctor, if you can. They can order all the blood tests that may be relavant. Lupus is very difficult to diagnose since everyone presents differently, so don’t be to quick to self-diagnose, you could be adding to your stress by doing so. For the time being, try ginger tea (grate fresh ginger, or powder into a cup of boiling water). It helps with poor circulation.
      Raynauds and diabetes also presents with circulatory problems to the hands and feet.

  15. Michael R

    If i had lupus the rash would ‘nt go away with skin lotion(moisturizer) would it and i would have more symptom
    dont people with lupus have more than one symptom? i sometimes have a sore elbow,but my job involves heavy lifting repetetive all day and i have a history of tendenittis.I dont have a fever,i’am not fatiuged ,but i do suffer from anxitey

  16. 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

  17. Anonymous

    I need some Medical Advice! Could I have Lupus, fibromyalgia, or something else?
    Ok i am so tired of being sick. To start off I am 14 year old female and I was diagnosed with Herpes simplex six.I have alot of symptoms so here it goes.I have notice these symptoms occur before or during my menstral cycle and then sometimes they come and go suprisingly. Sometimes I get aches in my wrists, ankles, fingers, hands,knees and legs. My lymph nodes are swollen a lot and sometimes they hurt. Every once in a while I have chest and upper back pain that it hurts to move. Also I am shaky and I don’t know why. I am tired a lot and when I come home from school sometimes I go to sleep and don’t wake up until 10 or 11 O’clock and I never get my homework done.For some reason my hands and fingers go numb and sometimes my arm tingles. Sometimes my fingertips go numb and stay that way for a little while. Sometimes I get a light pink rash I guess over my cheeks and nose that to the touch it feels like my skin is pealing. The one thing that I never have is a fever which I don’t understand. I go to a specialist and he said I will most likely develop lupus so are these symptoms of lupus? Then I also have herpes simplex six so could i be having symptoms due to that? Also today I found out my mom has fibromyalgia and it is heredity so could I have that? I just need some answers I am afraid to ask my doctor cause I am so shy but I will tell him so please don’t tell me to ask my doctor or something like that. Thanks πŸ™‚


      It sounds like you need a good Rheumatologist. Not all are good as each other. You need to go to a teaching hospital (where they train doctors) and get an appointment with the Dean of the Rheumatology department. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis it is in the same family as Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Gout and many others. They are diseases of the autoimmune system. That means that our immune system is working against us. These diseases run in families. They can ruin your life if they are not treated correctly. The teaching hospitals are up on all the latest treatments. I had a doctor who was a real nice guy but a rotten doctor. I suffered for a long time, until he retired and I had to get a different doctor. We should be able to see their report cards from medical school. Trust me , I learned the hard way.

  18. Lady

    Could I have mild lupus?
    I’m fifteen years old. I’m an insomniac half the time, and the other half, I fall asleep immediately and am unable to wake up for at least ten hours. Even after that, I’m absolutely exhausted. I have trouble focusing; I often forget where my train of thought is heading. I get headaches all the time, which are only cured by two Advils, and sometimes not even that works.
    My friends often comment on how fragile I am. My best friend is afraid to even hug me sometimes (especially when I’m sitting down) because she once tackle-hugged me while I was sitting indian-style and my hip was suddenly on fire. I also am getting a C in gym because I had to skip some of the yoga poses we were doing. They irritated my right hip (which is sometimes overcome with unexplained pain.) I can’t be poked or even really touched in the ribs because they’ll bruise so easily.
    I am easily knocked off-balance by the slightest touches. My limbs always feel so weak and fragile, and they ache something terrible. I can hardly go up/down stairs without using the railing to steady/support myself. I used to pass it off as growing pains, but I haven’t grown in a couple of years. I’m 15, and 5’5, and I’m pretty sure I’m not growing anymore.
    Sometimes, after I eat — especially after eating lunch at school, for some reason — I experience extreme abdominal pain. It’s just this resounding ache in my stomach. It has no reason to be there, but it IS.
    Also, often I experience severe chest pain upon breathing in.
    I always thought this was normal. I don’t know if I’ve always been this way, or if it started some time ago. But if, once upon a time, I actually had ENERGY, I can’t remember it.
    Now, mind you, this is all even with the fact that my school consists of seven different academic buildings which I walk back-and-forth between all day. And gym class. And my 20 to 30 minute uphill walk home. So I’m not out of shape. I’m perfectly in shape. I get plenty of hearty excercise every day. So why am I so weak? Why do my shoulders creak whenever I move them?
    Anyway, I never really thought much of it until, one day, my cat’s whisker tickled me in the lower-thigh area, and I reached down to brush/scratch the area, only to gasp in pain. I had actually hurt myself by scratching. I hadn’t even done it hard, but I had to hold my breath for a couple of seconds and could hardly move for at least half a minute. This kind of thing had happened before — where I accidently hurt myself doing something completely normal — but never so extreme.
    I forgot about the incident. One day, I was reading a book, and in it one of the characters was talking about their illness. They had lupus. They experienced extreme fatigue, muscle/joint pain, an inability to focus, physical weakness despite excercise…etc.
    I had a bit of an epiphany. Maybe, just maybe, everything I was experiencing WASN’T normal. After all, I’m a 15-year-old girl who excercises daily (if not by choice), follows a rather healthy vegetarian lifestyle, drinks gallons upon gallons of tea by month…why am I not brimming with energy?
    So, I researched it. I researched it so well that, just the other day, my little sister was watching Mystery Diagnosis and the doctors just didn’t know what this lady had. And I shouted out, “It’s lupus, you idiots!” Five minutes later, they revealed that it was lupus. I know this disease like the back of my hand, and I don’t know if I have it, but I don’t know if I DON’T have it.
    All I know is that, I suffer from quite a bit of the symptoms:

    -My skin (especially on my fingers and legs) turned purple in the cold. My friends and I used to joke about it, actually. Whenever I went out in the cold, I would exclaim mournfully, “I’m turning purple!”
    -I suffer from terrible headaches.
    -I’m always exhausted.
    -My limbs hurt for no reason.
    -My joints are extremely weak; they’re always creaking.
    -I can’t sit in one position for too long because I get so stiff and sore. As a result, sleeping is very difficult, because I (for some reason) don’t move at all while I sleep, so I have to wake up to move into a new position.
    -I have issues focusing on things that require logical thought. For this reason, I cannot easily understand very wordy things. I often loose my train of thought.
    -My eyes sometimes sting for no reason, or become very watery and noticeably red. Granted, this didn’t start until after I started wearing contacts. But I haven’t worn my contacts in a little under two months and it still happens.

    There’s more, but honestly, there’s just too many to name. I basically just hurt all over, and for no reason, and I’m tired, and I’m looking for answers.

    So, to lupus sufferers, to people who know lupus sufferers, to doctors, to anyone who has any knowledge about this — do you think I could have lupus?
    Also, symptoms I’ve just remembered that I considered important:

    -I very often wake up in the middle of the night due to severe leg pain — usually in my left leg, but in my right it is not unheard of — that literally keeps me from moving for at least a minute, at most five.

    -My right wrist cracks. I mean, it REALLY cracks. It’s like pi. If I could keep cracking it without my arm getting tired, it would never stop. I don’t know if this is a form of arthritis (as it doesn’t really hurt, it just gets kind of sore sometimes), but I’ve always used it to freak people out and thought it was cool. Until I saw that arthritis-like symptoms, especially in the hands and feet, are a symptom of lupus.

    -A year or two ago (I don’t really remember), I was sick and my mother took me to the doctor, who speculated — upon learning of my exhaustion and such — that I was probably anemic. We never heard from her, so I assume I’m not. But I know lupus is often mistaken for anemia.

  19. Ml Rochin

    Dermatologist testing for Lupus and Scleroderma ?
    I have been referred to a dermatologist for test to see if I have scleroderma and to look at the rash I have across my cheeks and the hair loss I am having. I have had one positive ANA 18 years ago and have the hand curling and other issues with scleroderma and a dr. confirmed I had scleroderma by symptoms but said he thought I had a secondary autoimmune issue because of the rash. What can a dermatologist do to look for scleroderma and lupus ? I get them looking at my skin and hair but what test do they have to help determine I do have autoimmune issues ?

    1. β˜…β˜†W.a.b.b.yβœΏβ€

      Lupus and scleroderma are autoimmune diseases and often difficult to diagnose. A diagnosis will rarely be made based on symptoms alone. The ANA test is a good beginning, but it was be positive for many reasons and for no reason at all.

      The dermatologist will probably order more blood tests to look for the antibodies found in these conditions. They may also want to take a punch biopsy of your rash to see if they can identify it.

      You might want to be seeing a rheumatologist too.


  20. R. W

    What are the best prescription meds for Cystic Acne?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus in March and have been very sick. I have had symptoms though for 7 years. Recently I have started having whiteheads all over my face that re-occur all day and over a dozen spots of cystic acne on my jawline, neck and chin. The cystic acne takes at least 2 weeks for each lesion to go away, but by that time there are several new ones. It is painful and ruining my skin. I saw another post on here that said they did not think Lupus had any relation to the cystic acne problem, but I am sure it does. I have never had acne like this in all my life, and whiteheads are an over abundance of white cells which makes sense because of the immune system issues with Lupus. I have tried all home remedies and over the counter meds and nothing is even touching this. Is there a very good prescription medicine for cystic acne that works with Lupus and does not have a bunch of ugly side effects,& that is not steroid based as I cannot take those? Thanks for any input you may have

    1. free

      Wow I’m sorry to hear this, I guess if it is lupus related go to your doctor or a dermatologist, they can help you more than anything, keep your face clean by washing it twice a day. I’d recommend going to lush, its a store with only natural products so it helps a lot. Drink water, and keep a healthy diet. If this persists, laser isn’t a bad way to go. Good luck.

  21. Completing My Bucket List

    Do you know what this constant body pain could be?
    If you are suffering from pain the legs, arms, back and feet. You sometimes ‘jump out of your skin’ if someone touches you too hard. You are fatigued yet can’t fall asleep at night and have problems dealing with extreme change in temperature. What could these be symptoms of? Say Lyme’s disease, arthritis and Lupus have been ruled out. Would this be consistent with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? The extremeness of the symptoms may fade certain days but the underlying pain is there pretty much every day. Some days are better than others. Also would having endometrial cancer (successfully treated) within the past few months trigger any of these other symptoms?

  22. Pseudo Nym

    Can the ER diagnose Lupus?
    A little back story- I have several symptoms of lupus. Excessive tiredness, joint pain, painful skin rashes that come and go, mouth ulcers, all that stuff. My physician doesn’t seem to take me seriously when I say I don’t feel well, or that antihistamines and itch creams do not help my rashes. My fingers do not turn blue when cold, but the nail beds do. So far the skin rashes have been mild. It’ll start with a few bumps somewhere and by a few days later I have several small patches of itchy, painful rash that take a week or two to resolve. The worst case I’ve dealt with, until now, was during a trip to the beach. I thought maybe I was sensitive to something new I encountered on my trip and again allergy meds and creams did nothing. It wasn’t until I started reading about Lupus that I found out about photosensitivity and rashes caused by sun exposure. That incident took 3 weeks to fully resolve.

    Starting two weeks ago I started getting tired, almost zombie like. I was very groggy, couldn’t think straight, and my hands HURT. The only comfortable position I could keep my hands in were balled in a loose fist, extending the fingers was painful. That eased up a bit, but body aches soon kicked in, and are worst first thing in the morning. On Saturday I noticed a weird spot on my upper thigh that looked like rug burn under the skin. Nothing raised, no sores, pain or itching involved. By last night I had a couple of bumps surface and that was it before bed. When I awoke this morning my thighs burned. I had an intense rash down the front and inner parts of both thighs. The rash bumps thinned out but still continued to my calfs. I also have patches of bumps on the nape of my neck, my shoulder, my ribs and I have non-raised red spots on the back of my hands and underside of my right arm.

    I am tired of my doctor’s lack of understanding of the issue. I went in last week for the pain and fatigue and he wanted to test my thyroid and other basic blood levels. All was normal except for my vitamin D, which I take a daily supplement for already so I found it odd that it was low. More research has revealed that lupus patients often struggle with low vitamin D. I’m afraid that if I go to my doctor that he’ll try to brush this off as a basic rash and send me home with another cream that will do nothing for me. If I go the ER will they be able to do anything? I want to be seen with the rash in full force, so waiting for an opening at a new physician’s office won’t do. I don’t want to waste a trip to the ER if they’re just going to tell me to see my primary doctor.

    Advice please!

    1. 2blest2Bstrest

      Better than waiting for a rash……. From the sound of it, you very much need to have the thyroid testing … TSH and Antibodies (make sure BOTH!) All of this can be from thyroid disease.


  23. Jenell

    Will Discoid Lupus give you symptoms?
    For years I have suffered from extreme fatigue, constant headaches, anxiety, depression, constantly being sick. I found out last week that I have discoid lupus via skin biopsy. Could this be the cause of my troubles? I got blood take to test for SLE and I don’t have that.

    Thank you!
    will discoid then only affect the skin?

  24. Necey J

    I experience most symptoms of lupus but my ANA test came back negative.?
    About a 1Β½ yr ago I started getting rly bad knee pain and the problems have only gotten worse since then . I get severe joint and muscle pain what seems to be 24/7. I’m always tired no matter how much I sleep. Often I’m so tired that once I lay down, I feel like I’m sinking into my bed and can’t move. In the past I’ve experienced slight hair loss when under stress. I’m always getting sick so I guess vitamins haven’t been doing much for me. For the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been getting weird muscular convulsions whenever I lay down, so bad that it makes it hard to sleep. They don’t hurt or anything but its just really annoying. And I’ve gotten these weird little rashes at the side of my elbows, and I’ve never had skin problems before. My orthopedist ran some blood tests to check for lupus and the ANA test came back negative though. I’m not sure what’s going on but I just want to live a normal life w/o everyone constantly asking me whats wrong and not having an answer. I’m only 15. HELP.

    1. Linda R

      Occasionally someone will have lupus and not have a positive ANA. Your symptoms could come from a variety of things. Lupus is called the great imitator because it has the same symptoms as many other disorders.

      It takes the average lupus patient 3-5 years and 3-4 doctors before they are diagnosed because there is no specific test for it.

      Don’t give up in your quest to find out what is wrong. And keep reminding yourself that you are sick because you are sick, not because you are crazy. Part of the problem getting a diagnosis is that some doctors will dismiss women and girls as being depressed and not pay attention to the underlying health issues. Insist that they take you seriously.

      Keep a journal of your symptoms. This will be helpful along the way. Make notes about when you have symptoms and what they are. Here are questions you should be prepared to answer.
      1. What are your symptoms?
      2. How severe are your symptoms?
      3. How often do you have each symptom?
      4. How long does that symptom last?
      5. What makes you feel better?
      6. What makes you feel worse?

      These are clues that, along with labs and other diagnositics, can help you and your doctors solve the mystery.

      I hope you find your answer soon.

  25. jenhicks87

    I have been getting red patches of skin… lupus?
    I recently asked a question about lupus. I know you can get rashes. but I have been getting red patches of skin that are dry and have a scab over them. but there has been no trauma to the skin. I still haven’t gotten my results back from my arthritis blood tests. I think when I go back to the doctor I will ask if I can get the blood tests that show symptoms of lupus. ( I know there is no specific test for lupus) but anyway, the red patches of skin with scabs (flaky, peeling skin) does this happen with lupus?

    1. christibro40

      Jen, In all my years with Lupus, I have almost every rash imaginable, to sun exposed skin and non exposed skin. Yours sounds almost eczama like. which in and of itself is an autoimmune disease, and I spent half my childhood walking around with. so yes, rashes of all types, fall into the Lupus critera.

      I do think avoiding any sun is a good idea, Also they may want to biopsy that area, and other areas where you may have open sores or a butterfly rash (along bridge of nose along to cheecks.

      As far as blood tests to show symptims of lupus, they can check to see if you are anemic, have any changes in red or white blood counts, platelets, and a few other things. Those red patches of skin, I get even when I have a band aid put on…

      so go figure.

      But there are so many strange things that can happen, but for each new thing that happens write it down, photograph it, if its visible. You never kno, it may go towards the diagnostic critera and you dont even know it yet. But I will post it so you do know, lol. here is the Lupus diagnostic critera.
      Best wishes

      Diagnostic criteria for lupus
      Provided by:
      Last Updated: June 29, 2004
      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

  26. 1shrtskrt

    so MANY symptoms perfect bloodwork!…could antibiotics CAUSE blood tests TO BE NORMAL when there is a prob?
    i take doxicycline for acne, i have many symptoms that are pointing to lupus, lyme disease, cancer etc……… my blood work tests are normal i took myself off the antibiotics to get blood wrk re tested w/ hopes of changes the dr will recognize as a lead—but he didn’t tell me to stop them so he could see for himself… so does this not make any sense? should the blood work show signs of disease anyway? or only if its late stage? so confused!!!!
    symptoms vary greatly and im getting no def answers after switching dr’s time and again seeing specialists and researching ,myself(which is relentless)
    i have symptoms of:
    Renaud’s syndrome, alopecea, circulatory problems(painfull swollen vessels causing hives!broken blood vessels), skin problems(acne, wounds wont heal, blood vessels leaving marks, hives), hard lymph nodes in groin as well as swollen tender lymph nodes EVERYWHERE!, weird lump inside throat(went to ENT saw rawness w/ scope but no answers) itchyness(especially scalp), DRY SKIN, swollen painfull knees and ankles(tested neg forRA), blood and mucus in stools, heavy periods w/ blood clots, swollen vulva and cervix(cervix has purple growing hard dots(dr says cysts and they’re normal-but they multiplied and grew ALL OF A SUDDEN!)

  27. Rachel White

    Do i have lupus? if not, what is going on?
    I started with skin problems about 2 and a half months ago. (Itchy and dry skin) a month ago I started getting what looked like hives, but only on my face. These welts show up on my neck, sides of my face, under my eyes, and along my hair line. They itch and burn. These welts happens every Saturday night/Sunday morning.
    I also have chest pains. I have discomfort when I breathe in which feels like it starts in my diaphragm and goes up into my esophagus.
    My hair also seems to be falling out a lot more and I am exhausted all the time. I don’t think this all an allergic reaction because nothing has changed in my life, for me to be allergic to anything.
    I have many symptoms of lupus, so I am wondering if that’s what this is, or if it is something else. Thanks in advance.
    P.s. my parents refuse to take me to the doctor

    1. β˜…β˜†W.a.b.b.yβœΏβ€

      I find it very odd that you get these welts on Saturday night/Sunday morning. That would suggest you’re reacting to something in your environment.

      There are so many symptoms of Lupus and most of them overlap or could be attributed to something else.Based on the symptoms you’ve described, I wouldn’t suggest Lupus. It does sound like an allergic reaction.

      But you need to see a doctor. Have your parents seen these welts? Do you have anyone else in your family that you can ask to take you to the doctor? You doctor will need to do some tests and be able to rule things in or out.

      In the mean time, keep a record of your symptoms, take anti-histamines and anti-inflammatories.

      Good luck.


  28. El Mexican

    Lupus questions please help?
    Can someone tell me what the lupus symptoms that are related to the heart are like? For example, I am currently being tested and haven’t gotten my labwork back yet, but when I run on the treadmill I feel like my heart is going to explode and I can’t breathe. I also have many of the other lupus symptoms my doctor is aware of and is concerned with.

    My main question is, can someone explain what the heart part of lupus may feel like? Also, do you have to have the “butterfly rash” to have lupus? Could very dry scaly skin on my feet that won’t heal be a sign of lupus?

    1. Sherin S

      Lupus is an auto immune disease the most important dermatologic manifestations or symptom of lupus is skin rashes. The most characteristic rash is seen across the malar region of the face, the so-called β€œbutterfly rash” that is accentuated by sun exposure. Lupus has two types systemic and discoid. Discoid only effects skin while systemic may involve systemic illnesses like renal diseases and etc.
      As you ask so I would kike to inform you that butterfly rash is the major symptom of lupus while other skin sign are also not negligible.

  29. phinetic

    Could i have Lupus? 24 Male?
    Here is whats bothering me, as I am somewhat of a hypochondriac.

    My mother has lupus, the kind that only affects the skin. I’m a 24 year old MALE, (which decreases my chances, so I hear). The only symptoms I guess you could say that I have is a blemish on my cheek (not horribly noticeable, and only on 1 cheek). And I do get tingly fingers and nerve pain in my hands, as I do workout with heavy lifting regularly.

    Im never sick, but I do also have hypothyroidism.

    Please answer addressing these comments πŸ™‚

    1. Linda R

      Honestly, that does not sound like lupus. 9 out of 10 lupus patients are women. Tingly fingers and nerve pain in the hands after heavy lifting is to be expected. However, pain is a signal from your body that maybe you are doing too much. A blemish on your cheek is not a lupus rash. It could be caused by anything. Blemishes are normal at your age. Stop stressing out. You don’t have lupus.

  30. gamefreak1972

    odd symptoms? Headache, burning ears, burning skin..?
    ok, so a friend of mine gets headaches (sometimes migraines too), but whats odd is that lately she’s been complaining about her skin having a burning sensation as well. She says its usually her ears, but sometimes forehead, face or back also. She says it feels like a sunburn…but there is no redness, and it really doesnt feel any warmer to the touch like a real sunburn would. Her skin overall seems a lot more sensitive than normal as well. While this is going on, she also seems a bit more moody/grumpy, though I guess if my skin felt burnt for no obvious reason and my head hurt I’d be cranky too…

    No meds, tho she does take a GNC vitamin that does not contain iron or iodine. She also sometimes takes tylenol or excedrin for headaches.

    Other than the occasional migraine, the only other medical condition I know of was that she had to have a hysterectomy a few years back for cystic fibroids. Family medical history has everything from diabetes to lupus to cancer to heart issues.

  31. Sammistar24

    What is “skin thickening” or “hardening” in Scleroderma?
    I’ve been going though a lot of odd symptoms lately that mimic everything from MS to Lupus to Anemia, hyperthyroidism, etc. Been tested for all that an came out fine. Of course I try and self diagnose myself and the other thing on the Web MD list that I haven’t been tested for that caught my eye is Scleroderma. I suffer from severe anxiety let me mind you, so I have several of these symptoms for this and I freaked. What exactly do they mean by skin hardening, thickening, and shiny? I mean my skin isn’t dull looking, i think it’s always has a glow to it on my hands. I ask because my latest two symptoms this week have been that I can see my veins under my skin (not bulging) way more all over my body, and my hands have a dry or burning sensation mostly upon grip. Almost like They feel swollen but they’re not. It doesn’t really hurt, it’s just weird. I also thought it may have to do with an underlying issue of why my veins are showing! I can see my skin stretch a little as I expand my fingers looking at my palms but I figured it’s bc they may be dry because they have that sort of feeling without the appearance part. All this just came on within this month, before that I was completely healthy 23 year old. And I woke up in the middle of the night and the joints in my left hand/fingers were hurting. And dont we all naturally have a curl to our fingers upon relaxing them? I assume my drs are going to keep testing me but I’m terrified of Scleroderma and I just hope it’s not that! I thought I had MS and lupus and hyperthyroidism and I was wrong too. I have a small callus type of area under the middle fold of my left middle finger that I’ve had for at least a year but it just looks like a callus. Almost too hard to tell. An I’ve has those little red spots it talks about but I only have a few as I’ve had them my whole life!
    So basically, what would skin hardening or thickening feel like? Because someone’s when our hands are dry they feel tight…

    1. Conswal

      Have you ever felt a callus? It is where you use that particular part of skin so much that it becomes thick to support its use. I get these because I do a lot of mechanics but you can get them from riding a bike, driving a car. It could be anything.

      Just don’t stress too much. You will be fine.

  32. wingsovgrace

    Have you been diagnosed with drug induced Lupus ?
    !0 years ago began having problem with elevated blood pressure. Was treated with the usually prescribed meds. Within the past ten years I have had a variety of unusual and often preplexing symptoms that the doctors couldn’t find good answers for. Lots of guesses and lots of unsuccessful treatments and increased frustration and misery until recently. The diagnosis is drug induced Lupus and it is believed to be caused by my blood pressure meds. Bingo. The symptoms have developed over the same period I’ve been on the meds. My question is: Any known effective alternatives for Blood Pressure Control? Anyone else with Lupus have bizarre skin and hair folllicle issues? Any one know a reputable doctor in Kansas City Missouri to advise on alternative treatments? Any one know of a web site to purchase alternative B/P treatments that you or someone you know have had personal experience with? Are there suggestions for a great support website for Lupus?

    1. Healing Oneself

      Hi WIngsOfGrace

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also learning about detoxifying the blood by doing colon and liver cleanses will change your health forever.

      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.


      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy or hyperthermia treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Best of health to you

  33. Asia β™₯

    I have low normal iron levels…is it normal to have the symptoms of Anemia?
    I have ALL of the symptoms of Anemia.

    – Pale skin
    – Extreme fatigue
    – Irregular heartbeat
    – Weakness
    – Cold hands/feet
    – Dizziness/Lightheaded
    – Nausea/Gas

    I’ve been checked for almost EVERYTHING and no one can give me an answer!
    I’ve been tested for Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Celiac, Adrenal issues etc.

    I do however have low-normal iron levels…could I be getting all these symptoms from that? My doctors don’t seem to be worried about that at all though…What are the chances they never checked for Anemia?

    1. i am someone

      i too think i have anemia . probably have low iron levels. you should make an appointment with a blood works doctor so they can check your blood out . or eat more iron full foods.

  34. Asia β™₯

    I have low-normal iron levels, is it normal to have all the symptoms of Anemia?
    have ALL of the symptoms of Anemia.

    – Pale skin
    – Extreme fatigue
    – Irregular heartbeat
    – Weakness
    – Cold hands/feet
    – Dizziness/Lightheaded
    – Nausea/Gas

    I’ve been checked for almost EVERYTHING and no one can give me an answer!
    I’ve been tested for Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Celiac, Adrenal issues etc.

    I do however have low-normal iron levels…could I be getting all these symptoms from that? My doctors don’t seem to be worried about that at all though…What are the chances they never checked for Anemia?
    But I DO have all those symptoms….thats why I’m confused. I’ve been sick for 5 years with no diagnoses.

    1. Stephanie

      I had the same thing a couple of years ago. I had a digestive disorder that led to a poor diet. My iron came up normal as well. I found out by comparing blood tests from a couple years after that my iron wasn’t low compared to a general number, but it was very low compared to how my iron is when I’m healthy. I’m Irish and hemochromatosis runs in my family (it’s generally found in Ireland). It’s a gene mutation that causes the body to absorb 3x more iron than normal. It evolved when people had poor diets a long long time ago. So I guess the point is my body thought it was anemic even though it wasn’t compared to other people. My iron when I’m healthy and not taking any supplements comes up to be borderline-high. When I was ill it was borderline-low. I’ve been at “normal iron” the whole time, but you can see that it’s a big difference!

      Your symptoms are also spot on with an anxiety/depression disorder. Turns out I had that too! I’d advise having a doctor look into that as well. Anxiety/depression tend to occur together and with the symptoms you described, I would have guessed an anxiety/depression disorder before I guessed anemia.

      best of luck to you

  35. Alanarama

    can anyone with lupus help please?
    i have recently been diagnose with raynauds syndrome which i understand can be a symtom of lupus.
    i have been to the doctors and bloods have been taken and sent off to find the cause of my raynauds i am just waiting for the results, but i am extremely worried. i have other symptoms of lupus too i just didnt realise they were symptoms of it.
    here goes
    ranaud’s symdrome
    white patches of skin near my eyes, genitalia, hips, and underarms
    butterfly rash
    aching knees (comes and goes)
    random nose bleeds (althouh i havent had one in a while)
    really red blistered toes
    chest pain when i breathe in sometimes(can be in my shoulder too)
    feelings of nausea or being sick for aparently no reason
    fever-i always feel freezing and have to wrap up but my boyfriend tells me iam really hot but i insist i am freezing cold
    abdominal pain and wierd feelings in my stomach
    red spots on my skin that come and go
    tingling and numbness in my arms mainly but sometimes in my legs
    i have been ill several times and they found exess protein in my unrine
    i get like blisters on my fingers and toes
    mostiof the time i want to do something but just feel “whats the point” or “im too tired”

    i think really what im wanting is your opinions if it could be lupus? or could it be something else? i guess i am just looking for reassurance. any help will be greatly appreciated, and any advice too, thanks xx

  36. mrs.sexyone

    what is lupus?
    Defining Lupus

    A chronic, inflammatory, connective tissue disease that can affect the joints and many organs, including the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system. It can cause many different symptoms; however, not everyone with lupus has all of the symptoms. Also called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE

    1. christibro40

      I think you answered your own question. I have Lupus and have had it for a long time. The only thing you didnt put is that it is an autoimmune disease where our own cells attack each other because they become hyperactive, and do not know they are attacking their own healthy cells. So Dr’s use immunosuppresents, chemotherapy, and prednisone, to suppress the immune system, in hopes of quieting a flare or pushing it down into remmison,

  37. Chenoa Chesna

    How much is it going to cost to take my dog to the vet?
    Okay so long story short my boyfriend and I were given a husky by his mother. It had severe eye discharge with huge black crusty scabs all around his eyes and the first vet didn’t know what it was. We got topical antibiotics (it was basically neosporin) it cleared it up. We stopped using it and it came back. We got more and it cleared up. We stopped and it came back. So we went to see another vet. She said it could be mild lupus and he was put on prednisone which for those of you that don’t know is a steroid. It didn’t help. We felt hopeless and just continued cleaning out his eyes ourselves. Were we also told by a vet that it was a zinc deficiency and zinc pills didn’t help either. But I finally figured it out. I’m just about 99 percent sure that he has Bacterial blepharitis which is an infection of the eyelid’s edges, which become sore, red and encrusted with scaly skin. The symptoms and everything are identical to my dogs. It’s just treated with three weeks of antibiotics and cleaning solution. How much would it cost and if we took our dog to a new vet would I be able to tell them what I thought it was and then they could just give us the medicine or would they still want to do a biopsy because he is about 30 pounds over weight and 12 years old so I wouldn’t want to put him under anesthesia.
    Can anyone give me a round about cost?

    1. Susie

      Just tell the vet what you think it is but if the neosproin works keep using it and let the vet know you been using neosproin and maybe he can give you something better

  38. Lindsey

    Weird symptoms, possibly lupus.?
    Soon after laying out by the pool, I started getting a red, lace-like, blotchy area of skin on my upper thigh that spread down my thigh the longer I was outside. What is that? And could it be lupus related?

    Other symptoms: extreme fatigue, hip bursitis/pain, joint pain, rashes, dermatographism, low grade fevers, sinus problems, plantar fasciitis, weakness, dizziness, vision problems, digestive problems, headaches..

  39. Eona

    Why does google images only show the most severe/extreme pics of skin diseases?
    I am talking mainly about Rosacea and Lupus (the skin rash symptoms). I don’t find this particularly useful or helpful in trying to gain a broader insight into these conditions. It doesn’t represent the varying degrees of severity of these conditions for which there are many. Does anyone else agree?

  40. Stace!

    Does this sound like Lupus?
    Hello all!! I have been having some strange symptoms, and would really appreciate help from anyone who knows anything about them.

    Here are my symptoms…
    -Whenever my skin has been getting cold (or even chilly), my skin breaks into rashes. Any part of my skin that is cold (arms, legs, feet, etc) will get the rash. It’s a blotchy red rash with slightly raised bumps. It is very uncomfortable. Kind of an itchy/burning feeling. I’ve tried all sorts of anti itching creams, etc., but nothing works for it.
    -I’m always tired. I feel like I could sleep at any point of the day and for the entire day.
    -I’ve been getting intense headaches. It hurts from the sides of my head to the back of my head. They also make me slightly dizzy.
    -I’ve been having pain in some of my joints. Currently, I’m experiencing pain in my shoulder, wrist, elbow, and knee.
    -I’ve been finding huge bruises (softball size) all over my body and I have no idea what they are from (no big injuries).

    Do any of you know anything that would cause all of those symptoms? I would really appreciate the help. I’m trying to figure out what kind of doctor would be best to go to (dermatologist, specialist, allergist, etc.)

    1. Allison

      The main symptoms to look for in lupus are:
      – Butterfly rash (butterfly-shaped rash on the face, spreading across the nose and over both cheeks)
      – Arthritis (typically seen in ankles, knees, and wrists, but can be experienced in any joint)
      – Fever (that can’t be explained by something else)
      – Extreme fatigue
      – Swollen lymph nodes (neck is the easiest place to check; if it’s very sore it’s most likely swollen)

      Now I suggest taking these steps:
      – Keep a log of all symptoms, any new ones, when they worsen, etc. Doctors will appreciate it!
      – Find a good rheumatologist and schedule an appointment. Explain your symptoms.
      – If lupus seems likely, you will be sent for an ANA blood test and urine samples testing for protein. Go ahead and look up ANA.

      Remember, lupus is difficult to diagnose, because it is so broad. Different doctors may have different opinions. Remember to get ALL the facts, and in my opinion, it is smart to get MULTIPLE professional opinions. GOOD LUCK (:

  41. angelinaismywifey

    can a lupus rash come and go?
    like its under the skin….. looks and feels more like a circulation problem…. i have all other symptoms of lupus and this rash that wont stay long enough to show my dr! its worse at night and sometimes causes stroke like symptoms….i feel like im going crazy cuz other people cant see it like i can…..
    -weight loss,malabsorbtion
    -raynauds syndrome
    -swollen lymph glandsEVERYWHERE
    -thickened skin-feet&hands(poss associated scleroderma?)
    -pale skin&hyperpigmentation
    -swollen extremities, joints(stiff neck, knees,ankles,clavicles,,coccyx
    -slow healing wounds
    -dry mouth&skin
    -mucus in stools&blood
    -inflamed painfull veins that buldge&get hot to touch sometimes bringing hives
    -weird scar type bumps on face & back
    -chest pain&shortness of breath
    -blanching blood vessel dots
    -dry scaly skin that beaks&wont heal
    -hairloss ETC!!!
    and when the veins in my neck budge& throb sometimes i get dizzy&lethargic like w/ sudden sever headache and weakness—feels like a mini stroke!

    thanks for your help drs seem lost-bloodwrk normal,tested neg for R.A., LYME, STD’S,CELIAC,PARASITES, PLUS alot of general cbc marker tests—seems im in perfect health lol

    1. elpi

      There are definitive blood tests for lupus. Don’t diagnose yourself,.
      I have had it for years (SLE), and haven’t had any major organ involvement. Everybody is different.
      See a rheumatologist and remember, stress will cause what you are experiencing, a flare-up.

  42. sante

    Was I misdiagnose? lupus or weak immune system?
    8 months ago while I was pregnant, I was diagnose with lupus. But the only symptoms that I am experiencing is joints pain and fatique some times. My doctor said that all of my organs are fine, I do not have a butterfly face neither skin problem. I wonder if the diagnosis was wrong.

    Does a weak immune system can cause thoses symptoms? I refuse to go on hormones treatments and trying to work on strenghtening my immune system first and hopefully reverse the condition.

    your experience and advise are welcome

    1. reifguy

      lupus is many stages ,and there is discoid and systemic lupus ,the immune system isnt weak in lupus its reacting in a way damaging the body and causing problems and inflammations ,if your diagnosis wasnt correct or u doubt it ,get a second opinion from a rheumatologist ,diagnosing lupus isnt easy in early stages and once diagnosed many go through remissions and relapse ,

  43. Michelle L

    I have been possibly exposed to chickenpox, and have lupus, what should I do?
    I found out tonight that my 3-year-old daughter was directly exposed to chickenpox in preschool (one of her best friends has it). They can’t disclose who has it, but I did have direct contact with 3 of her close friends Thursday morning….close enough to become infected. I am 39, have severe SLE, mostly affecting my central nervous system, with joint and some skin involvement, and have had some problems with my heart and lungs. I have never had chicken pox, and cannot get the vaccine due to my medical history.

    I am currently in an active flare, with worsening neural problems. I haven’t had an LP for this flare, but my symptoms are consistent with previous high cranial pressure. I am due for another round of rituxan, which will stop SLE but destroy what is left of my immune system.

    The rheum. on call advised I get a dose of IGIV ASAP, but it is Fri. night and no ER or UC have any available.

    Is there anything else I can do? Should I worry?



    1. rainingonme

      Call the doctor on call and leave this message as you have put on here, if there is anything he can do he will call you back. You have serious health problems and normally people don’t break out for 2 weeks but you; however, maybe a different story. I wouldn’t want to take a chance with your life, and I ‘m sure it will affect you a little more than someone with and normal immune system. Good Luck and God Bless You

  44. crunikki

    I think I have Lupus, but i’ve never had good luck with doctors, how do I get them to listen to me?
    I work in the medical field, so I know more than the ‘average person’ about all things medical. I’m no doctor, but I do have a good bit of knowledge on the subject. Last weekend, I started getting really dizzy, the kind where to room is spinning and I feel like I’m going to fall down. This was the first time it happened, but it lasted all weekend. After doing some research online about what could cause my dizzy spells, I came across a Lupus website. After thinking more about it, I have many of the symptoms of Lupus. I had dizzy spells, tendonitis, palpitations, an odd skin disease that they never really figured out what it is, and my hair comes out like crazy in the shower. Now, i’m not waking up with chunks of hair on my pillow or anything that drastic, but EVERY time I shower I clog up the drain, I can run my fingers through my hair and get quite a bit out. Also, I am always cold and always tired. I can get 8 hours of sleep and still be tired all day long. It is 78 degrees in my house right now and I am curled up under a blanket with numb fingers and toes because they are so cold. I feel like if I take all this information to the doctors they are just going to say that I am overthinking all my symptoms and blow me off. I just think it is really odd that I have a skin disease and heart palpitations that can’t be explained…………….am I just overthinking all of this?????
    I have been tested for a thyriod disorder a few years back and they said I didn’t have that…..

    1. SethSpeaks

      You have every single classic symptom of thyroid disorder. The test for that is cheaper and fits all of your listed symptoms. Start there instead of coming into the Dr. with a more exotic claim of lupus.

  45. 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.

  46. 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




  47. J.prettygirl.rock

    Diabetes? Lupus? MS? What’s causing all of these symptoms and pain? Started with a simple hairline fracture?
    I hairline fractured my Left arm Radius about 3 weeks ago. At first I thought it was a sprain or bruise so I didn’t have it looked at immediately. My hand had been tingling and feeling numb and as the pain increased my fingers got colder and started turning blue, so I went to the dr. They confirmed it was a hairline fracture, it was affecting vascularity and had injured the radial nerve. I have developed wrist and finger “drop” (Radial Nerve Palsy) since the injury, but I have also been having a lot of other symptoms appear. I have peripheral neuropathy in my other extremities and I’ve been very sensitive to heat and cold. My hands will get ice cold and discolored for no reason. I’ve been having very dry, cracking, peeling and flaking skin, especially on my hands, feet and face. I don’t know if it’s fluid retention or just swelling but from the waist down there is excessive swelling and is painful in my feet and ankles. And over the last 3 days black spots have been popping up all over my chest, torso, back and arms with only a few on my face or legs. They look like black pimples under the surface or moles almost, they seem to have a “root” and only retract back into the skin when squeezed. What could be causing all of this?? I know nerve damage takes time to heal but this feels like more than just nerve damage. And i can’t find any other skin conditions that look like what I have. Any help, ideas, suggestions are very appreciated!

    1. Voelven

      It doesn’t sound like MS, and I am not familiar enough with the symptoms of diabetes or lupus to give you a proper answer there, but you need to go for another doctor check-up right away and make sure you inform the doctor about all your new symptoms.

      All the best to you.

  48. 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?

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