Believe it or not one of the best products that you can use for skincare is coconut oil. I always advocate the use of all natural products for skincare rather then products which contain lotions or fillers. Chemicals often irritate the skin when used and I never advocate their use in any way because the human body needs to be taken care of with all natural products. Your body came from nature. It was not produced in a processing plant somewhere so it needs natural and not processed products for its care.

Coconut oil is an excellent skin care product when used on the skin or in the hair. Many products that we use contain this valuable oil but to a much lesser degree than when it comes in its natural state. The small molecular structure of the coconut oil makes it easily absorbed into the skin. The oil will quickly penetrate down to the deepest layers of the skin or hair and remain there for quite a while as it shares its therapeutic effects. It gives fast and long lasting relief for dry skin. I always advocate the need for natural oils for skin care because they dont contain water which evaporates quickly leaving the skin dry again.

When you use coconut oil you should use the pure virgin oil for the best effect. The pure oil hasnt been processed so its nutrients have not been stripped out. You may pay a little more but the small amount is more than well worth the effect that you will get in return. The pure coconut also has superior anti oxidizing properties. This is evident in the fact that coconut oil can last for such a long time without going rancid. These antioxidants also prevent ageing of the skin cells by removing the damaging particles called free radicals. Free radicals do great damage to the connective tissues. When connective tissues get weak they begin to sag and cause what we know as wrinkles. They also nourish the skin and assist the cells in the process of regeneration.

Coconut oil also protects the hair and skin. It has the acidic properties which kill germs and fight infection of the skin. The chemical compounds in the oil are broken down by the good bacteria which thrive on the skin. This process releases the antiseptic properties of the oil to protect the skin, scalp, and hair. The chemicals in coconut oil are also known to fight liver spots which appear with age.

Coconut oil is an excellent hair and scalp conditioner and is used in many hair and scalp products currently on the market. The only difference is that when it is used this way it is used in a diluted form. Most times the pure, virgin oil is not the oil is not used so you dont get the full benefit of its effects. Coconut oil fights fungus and bacteria which grow on the skin which makes it an excellent dandruff fighter.

The best time to apply this product is after a shower or immediately after washing your hair and scalp. This is the time that the protective oil that your skin produces has been washed away and it is vulnerable to an attack from germs. The coconut oil will serve to form a protective barrier that will guard against infection from harmful germs. It would seem that when you shower all of the germs have been washed away so you should be OK. Yes when you shower you wash away many of the harmful germs and you definitely need to shower often, but keep in mind that every time you do you also strip the body of its natural protection and you need some help from the coconut oil. Coconut oil is a must for every person who appreciates natural products for skin care. The use of Coconut Oil for Skincare

Believe it or not one of the best products that you can use for skincare is coconut oil. I always advocate the use of all natural products for skincare rather then products which contain lotions or fillers. Chemicals often irritate the skin when used and I never advocate their use in any way because the human body needs to be taken care of with all natural products. Your body came from nature. It was not produced in a processing plant somewhere so it needs natural and not processed products for its care.

Coconut oil is an excellent skin care product when used on the skin or in the hair. Many products that we use contain this valuable oil but to a much lesser degree than when it comes in its natural state. The small molecular structure of the coconut oil makes it easily absorbed into the skin. The oil will quickly penetrate down to the deepest layers of the skin or hair and remain there for quite a while as it shares its therapeutic effects. It gives fast and long lasting relief for dry skin. I always advocate the need for natural oils for skin care because they dont contain water which evaporates quickly leaving the skin dry again.

When you use coconut oil you should use the pure virgin oil for the best effect. The pure oil hasnt been processed so its nutrients have not been stripped out. You may pay a little more but the small amount is more than well worth the effect that you will get in return. The pure coconut also has superior anti oxidizing properties. This is evident in the fact that coconut oil can last for such a long time without going rancid. These antioxidants also prevent ageing of the skin cells by removing the damaging particles called free radicals. Free radicals do great damage to the connective tissues. When connective tissues get weak they begin to sag and cause what we know as wrinkles. They also nourish the skin and assist the cells in the process of regeneration.

Coconut oil also protects the hair and skin. It has the acidic properties which kill germs and fight infection of the skin. The chemical compounds in the oil are broken down by the good bacteria which thrive on the skin. This process releases the antiseptic properties of the oil to protect the skin, scalp, and hair. The chemicals in coconut oil are also known to fight liver spots which appear with age.

Coconut oil is an excellent hair and scalp conditioner and is used in many hair and scalp products currently on the market. The only difference is that when it is used this way it is used in a diluted form. Most times the pure, virgin oil is not the oil is not used so you dont get the full benefit of its effects. Coconut oil fights fungus and bacteria which grow on the skin which makes it an excellent dandruff fighter.

The best time to apply this product is after a shower or immediately after washing your hair and scalp. This is the time that the protective oil that your skin produces has been washed away and it is vulnerable to an attack from germs. The coconut oil will serve to form a protective barrier that will guard against infection from harmful germs. It would seem that when you shower all of the germs have been washed away so you should be OK. Yes when you shower you wash away many of the harmful germs and you definitely need to shower often, but keep in mind that every time you do you also strip the body of its natural protection and you need some help from the coconut oil. Coconut oil is a must for every person who appreciates natural products for skin care. Fragrance Oil Express


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78 Comments on The Use Of Coconut Oil For Skin Care

  1. phinetic says:

    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 :)

    • Linda R says:

      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.

  2. gentle understanding says:

    Hematoma on back of my hand? What?
    I am aware of my health deteriorating within the past two months. I’ve moved my family from west to east coast, not a very satisfying marriage situation, and no work for me. Last night, I was doing my usual hour-long walk and felt an ache in my left hand. After I was finished, the back of my hand had a hematoma that spread like a bad blood draw. What is going on with my body? I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and suspect maybe Lupus. I only feel “good” when I’m drinking wine, which I do nightly, sometimes a bottle of good red. I feel crappy. What in the world would make my hand bleed under the skin? I wonder if my liver is suffering from stress. I didn’t hit my hand on anything. Thanks for listening. I’m feeling way down. Any words of wisdom, knowledge, advice and encouragement I would so gratefully appreciate. I am sad and lonely.

    • HEAL ONESELF says:

      Hi Mia

      Very gutsy for you to expose your weakness’ for us to comment on. I Think you have a lot of power inside of you waiting to come out. You are stuck on negative aspects on your life and need to take control and focus on the positive (just one thing). The mind and body will follow you once you do that. Obviously before you can help anyone else in life, must learn to help yourself.

      Health should be the most important thing in people’s life today, but it’s usually 3rd or 4th place for people. You need to educate yourself on nutrition (cannot stress that enough), drink a gallon of distilled water a day (to refresh your body and pull out toxins), and detoxify the body with a colon and liver cleanse. The cleanse will pull the toxins out of the blood, so new blood can come in and start healing the internal body structure.

      Here are some more ideas to help the healing process. Also, click on my name and you can email me any questions you have or some other ideas to get you well.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      For your hand use a combination of cayanne pepper and ginger raw or in tea to help the circulation. Fresh blood cannot get in the hand normally and that is why you have the issue. You can also use a strategy called Hydrotherapy for your hand. Place it in very cold water for a minute and then in hot (as you can take) for a minute and do this rotation 7 times. Continue until the circulation gets better each day.

      Make sure you get a massage or see a reiki healer to take away your emotional pain (energy blocks) to relieve a lot of these issues as well.

      Best of health to you

  3. Tattoo Steveo says:

    Can someone tell me what happened to them as they developed an auto-immune disease? Lupus, Rheumatoid… etc.?
    Starting a year or more ago I started getting very irritated skin on my nose and upper cheeks. It flakes and is dry irritated and feels so wrong. Some days I get itching sensations more frequently. I’m only 19 my mom has rheumatoid and so does my grandpa. One day when I was walking across my campus parking lot in the cold weather I looked down and saw my hands were very purplish and the ends were super pale. I thought nothing of it. During school I was having problems with my lungs. I got very sick 3 times during my school year and everytime I would breathe it my lungs would hurt so bad. These things come and go though. I don’t have many joint pains. My fingers and knuckles are starting to permanently get redder. I also urinate very frequently. I don’t want to sound like a hypochondriact but I’m only 19 and I don’t know why I should be putting up with all this.

    • sally says:

      I have lupus and I know what your going through its tough. Im in high school too and thats where it all started… My problems started with the Raynaud’s, or when your hands turn white/purple.. that was my first symptom. It didnt scare me and I went a few months without going to the doctor. One day when I was practicing bball, I got very dizzy and my hands were purple so my parents took me to the doctor the next day. They took my blood and refered me to a rhuemy.. which you should do. I had a high ANA and I now experience extreme fatigue and joint pain. I also had symptoms of lung pain but luckily I have non-organ threating lupus.

  4. carolina says:

    What can cause shortness of breath, dry mouth and eyes, fatigue, itchy skin, abdominal cramps, & more?
    I have been having a ton of problems and this is going to be a long post, but I sincerely hope someone can help.

    I’m a 20 year old female.

    It started in December when I was having depression so I went on Prozac. My doctor added lithium after I had no improvement after 6 weeks. My depression went away very soon. I then passed a kidney stone and a CT scan revealed that I had 3 of them. Haven’t had any trouble with those and I haven’t felt depressed since then.

    About a week after the kidney stone, I started having shortness of breath. Not really shortness of breath, but the feeling of not being able to get enough air sometimes and like I have to take a really deep and uncomfortable breath to get enough air. I think it’s worse when I’m talking to someone. Over the next month or two I also developed many other symptoms. My eyes are dry (I can’t even wear my contacts all day anymore because they bug me and I usually end up switching to my glasses a few times a day so that I can see better). My mouth is also dry, I thought I was very thirsty at first, but I think it’s more of a dry mouth thing because it gets worse when I talk. I also have been getting a generalized itching in various different places all over my body. I get really tired for a couple hours about 3 times a day too. I feel totally fatigued, and not even in a depressed way. I WANT to be doing things but I just can’t. Finally, I get these sharp pains all around my abdominal area. Usually they are in the front below my ribs or in the back near where my kidneys are. Oh! I’ve also been having random muscle twitches (one of them is on my cheek right by my nose and above my lip and the other one is on my back behind my right kidney). Not really sure if that’s related. I also get really dizzy and blackout almost every time I stand up, and my coordination and memory are worse than usual. I’ve lost about 15 pounds since December. Lately I’ve also been having night sweats and chills through the night and at times in the day.

    I have been to the doctor. My CBC, kidney function, pulmonary function, lung CT, brain MRI, and echocardiogram were all normal. She also checked for myasthenia gravis, it was negative. My thyroid was normal but the last time we checked it was early December, when my only symptom was depression. I’ve been checked for lupus 3 times in my life (the last time being about 3 years ago because of joint pain), they were all negative, but I’m thinking maybe it could be some other autoimmune disorder?

    I’m no longer taking the lithium and prozac, I took Wellbutrin for a while and now I’m taking effexor. I take Ambien every night to help me sleep because I wake up after about 3 hours if I don’t. My doctor wants me to see a pulmonologist next to make sure there are no other tests we should do, but I’m sure there won’t be. My old doctor eventually gave up and said it was just depression, but after over 2 months of this I really feel there is no way that is the case. I wish I could figure out what it is before things get worse.

    Any ideas? Please?

    • mgunnycappo says:

      As much as I hate to agree with Eve above me I think she may be right. All of the medications you’ve been on list the symptoms you’ve been having as side effects that are spot on with your symptoms. Dry mouth/eyes are especially indicative of anti-anxiety/anti-psychotic medications.

      I don’t think you should stop taking meds but youshould continue to look for ones that don’t cause the side effects that you are having…keeping in mind that all medications will have certain side effects. You just need to settle with ones that are managable for you.

      I highly doubt you have any type of auto immune disease since you’ve been checked numerous times for these.

  5. 27 Yr Old Married Guy says:

    Crohns, Celiac, Lupus, Hypothyroidism????? Help!?
    I started to have mental fogginess issued back in 2004, and remember having a general feeling of not feeling well. I can’t really remember exactly what it was like back then though. By the time 2006 came along, my issues had progressed pretty rapidly. I…

    - Had mental clarity issues.
    - I would get up to go to the grocery store and get in the car and realized I had forgotten where I was going.
    - I would bruise easily. I had diarrhea.
    My stomach was extremely bloated.
    I could barely carry on a conversation.

    After a few failed attempts at the doctors, I DIAGNOSED MYSELF with Celiac’s disease. Immediately, I went on a gluten free diet. After 6 months of being gluten free, I did notice improvement in some areas. But I never got to feeling 100%. Not even 60%.

    So I continued my research…

    About a year ago, I truly thought I was dying. I had…

    It feels as if all my stomach organs are swollen along with my head
    I feel like I have a fever, and my skin is hot to the touch (but no actual fever)
    Severe mental fogginess
    Underarm sweating
    Diarrhea
    Severe grogginess when waking
    Severe bloating
    Bruisings
    Pressure headaches (get migraines on occasions with blurred vision, I think unrelated)
    Swollen and puffy eyes
    Got sick easily
    Cold hands and feet
    Shiver in cold weather
    Fatigue
    Major skin issues. Pustuals on the hands and feet, rashes, etc. However I was able to get that at bay with very very mild soap.

    I knew at this point, I had to make a change. I cut everything out of my diet and slowly reintroduced things. At the end of this test, the only thing I could eat (at not perfect at that) was fruits, veggies, millet bread, sunflower butter (peanut butter substitute). I stuck to that diet for about 6 months and really better but dropped to 140 pounds. I went from a 1 out of 10 to a 6. But then started noticing that I was lacking nutrients and was getting other symptoms for not being balanced nutritionally. I have added a few things back in with a major herbal supplement system that I have created to help assist.

    Right now my diet is this…

    Food:
    Fruits
    Veggies
    Millet bread
    Sunflower butter

    Supplements:
    Garden of Life meal shake with probiotics and enzymes
    Activated Charcoal (Draw out poisons)
    Aloe Juice (Digestion)
    Basil (Digestion)
    Cayenne (Immune Booster)
    Cilantro (Detox)
    Cinnamon (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Coconut (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial)
    Flax Oil (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Garlic (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal)
    Ginger (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Ginko (Blood Flow)
    Ginsing (Digestion)
    Lime (Anti-Biotic)
    Mushroom (Cancer inhibitor)
    Peppermint (Digestion)
    Rosemary (Blood Flow)
    Tumeric (Anti-Inflammatory, Cancer Fighter)
    Lemon Water

    I have seen certain improvements with my herbal remedy, but nothing too major.
    I thought way back that it was celiac’s. Deleting gluten from my diet helped, but did not fix the problem. My current research makes me feel like it is either Crohn’s or something similar, or Hepatitis C. I have read that the two can be confused. I have recently been tested through a private company for Hep C and it came back Negative. What confuses me is that I do not have stomach pain like most Crohn’s patients do. However, I am pretty sure I have an ulcer. I do have a sharp pain in my stomach that comes and goes at times. And the biggest issue for me is mental clarity and this swelling fever I deal with. I can deal with irregular bowel movements, but the way I feel is unacceptable. I have a copy of blood work I had done a year ago when I was feeling my worst, and I noticed that they didn’t test for Hypothyroidism? Do these symptoms sound like this could possibly be a culprit? Lupus?

    I am probably the healthiest person you know. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, all of my diet is natural organic from the earth foods, herbs and minerals. I should not fee the way that I do.

    Please help!

  6. Pseudo Nym says:

    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!

    • 2blest2Bstrest says:

      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.

      Blessings

  7. Tash~ says:

    skin rash, need help!!?
    I have had this rash right under my eye and on my lips.. sometimes it gets a little better but then it will get worse.. it burns and itches sometimes. i been to the dermatologist twice and he never really said wat was wrong with me , he just gave me perscriptions , only one so far worked but it didnt take it all away it just made it not look so bad… I had to get a blood test done for lupus but that came out negative… i have had this rash for almost 3 YEARS now.. theres got to be something wrong cause i dont know of a rash that wont go away for 3 years with trying 3 diff medications… i dont have the money to keep going back to the doctor … its 50 bucks a visit plus perscription…does anyone know what this could be?

    pinkish red rash kinda scaly under the eye- burns and itches
    same on lips.. makes my lips looked chaped or burned…. sometimes they get white spots on them
    I havent been in the sun much… and i dont have a STD..
    Does anyone have any thoughts?????

  8. worried says:

    LUPUS OR SEVERE STRESS?
    I have posted many different questions here for the pass 2 months as i had a hard time understanding why i was having so much different symptoms and going to so much different doctors trying to get help in finding out wat is wrong with me all they said ur just depress but depress when i keep peeing alot many trips to the bathroom pain in my right side and back he said UTI but the meds only work a short time then it start all over i have no bleeding just very mild swelling in one of my ankle and that’s wht i see every1 says they dnt see a swelling i had protein in my urine he said was cause from the UTI but does UTI give pain in back and side i have knee pain in 1 knee now and then my skin has a burning sensation at nights mostly i was diagnose with chronic gastritis a month ago i had tht 3years ago when i was on blood pressure med call aldomet and had medicinal induce lupus after i stop the meds all when back normal until now i have burning feeling in my gut at times i have lost 10lbs and sometimes 14 lbs sometimes i feel ok and other times im just really not feeling like me its scary that a month ago while having my period i had horrible hot flash excess sweating and hot and cold feeling told my doctor he just blow me off saying just hormones acting up hummmm i said to myself hormones acting up at age 29 i wake in the mornings with racing heart then it stop i have metallic mouth sometimes and funny feeling in my throat sometimes i don’t feel like eating then other time i eat alot i have jus ask my doctor to check me for lupus i did my ANA test but haven’t gotten results yet but wat i wud like to know cud all this add up to lupus or just plain stress from the death of my best friend of 15years all these symptoms start right after her death . please help
    by the way my grand mother had thyroid problem huge lump in her neck my sister had an attack few year ago too i did a test few year ago but it was ok my aunt think maybe its thyroid problem but i dnt think cause my test was clean
    I did sugar test my blood sugar test are very good thyroid test was done few years ago came back ok i didnot tell myself i had Lupus my doctor told me it could be but here in my country its not easy to do all the test its very expensive here i Have a 9 year old girl to care for its affects her alot to see me sick sometimes she cry so much it hurt me more and make me more sick i as you all remember me in prayer thank

  9. Asia ♥ says:

    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?

    • Luv2smile says:

      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. :)

  10. Juliet says:

    SLE Lupus- Answer from Personal Experience only please.?
    I have SLE Lupus and have pain all the time – the skin problems- chronic fatigue- the painful joints. The skin problem has given me an ulcerated leison on my leg that will not heal- the chronic fatigue keeps me doing much or going places. Anyone that has Lupus knows what I am talking about with all the systoms that this disease can cause. My Question is has anyone found a way to combat the effects of the systoms and led a better existence. I am on pain medication but that does not make life better or help with the chronic fatigue. From personal experience has anyone found that they were in the severe SLE stage and found something that made them feel better or even go into remission? The SLE Lupus is the worst one to have, there are several types of Lupus. Again, only people that have the SLE Lupus to answer, I have read everything from the Web so I do not need that type of answer.

    • Laney says:

      I have all the same problems, over the past couple of years since diagnosis I have began to eat really healthy and take all these vitamins, go to a homeopathic doctor, try to do everything right in hopes that it would make my disease go into remission or even disappear, because maybe it really was just food allergies, or a bodily reaction to pesticides.
      Alas, my symptoms always came back in full force. I have found that the only way to combat the symptoms fully is hardcore medicines chock full of side effects prescribed by your rheumatologist.
      Of course pain medications will not combat your fatigue, it is doing absolutly nothing to combat the disease, it only numbs your nerves.
      For me cellcept really helped my SLE symptoms, unfortunatly though I experienced side effects that caused me to stop taking it. Methotrexate works well for some people. If your symptoms are mild plaqunil could work. They even have a new treatment out that is two injections that effect your immune system and are supposed to help symptoms…can’t remember the name. Anyway, there are a lot of options out there, none of them great….but there is no magic pill. Just see your rheumatologist and make them give you a prescription.

  11. Anonymous says:

    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.

  12. JAnabellE says:

    How can you tell if it’s systemic or discoid lupus?
    I didn’t know anything about lupus. And one of my So, can someone tell me. How can you know if someone get those discoid or systemic lupus by its skin??? I thought that those are different type of lupus. And Discoid is the least threatening one, and also only affect skin? BUt now i read that systemic also affected skin?? So how can you tell which rash is belong to systemic and the other belong to discoid?? Is it the similar lupus? That can affect kidney,liver and so on?? Please help me.. I’m so confuse about this lupus thingy!

    THank Youuu!

    • mgnysgtcappo says:

      Lupus isn’t a ‘thingy’, it’s a serious auto immune disease. Discoid lupus isn’t life threatening and only affects the skin. It can come in several different forms/rashes. SLE or Systemic Lupus has the signature ‘butterfly’ facial rash associated with it. Not all people with SLE have a ‘butterfly’ rash on their face but many of them do. The butterfly rash isn’t associated with discoid lupus. SLE can affect all systems of the body including all organs. Organ involved Lupus is the most serious kind and can be fatal. The immune system of people with Lupus is miswired and attacks a persons normal cells causing inflammation and destruction at the cellular level. This causes joint pain, swelling, kidney, heart, liver, brain problems as well as a long list of other symptoms.

      A blood test is taken to determine whether or not a person has Lupus, even though the tests aren’t 100% accurate. It is called an ANA test.

  13. phinetic says:

    What are my chances of inheriting lupus form my mom?
    My mom only has the skin lupus, and not the kind that infects internal structures. I am also male (which I understand lessens your risk?). My father has no autoimmune diseases. I do have a few autoimmune disease however, which include hypothyroidism, and a small area of psoriasis on my leg.

    Are there other autoimmune disease I should be concerned about down the road? I’m turning 24 in a few months, and again I am also male.

    • ParzLou says:

      Although anyone can get lupus, most estimates show that 9 out of 10 people who contract lupus are women. With it also being 3 times more likely to be found in African American women than white women

  14. TG says:

    Do I wait or go to the Emergency room?
    I am in chronic pain with a whole lot of problems. It’s been going on for months now and I may finally have an answer..but it’s not a good one. All signs are pointing to an autoimmune disesase (mainly lupus), I have all the signs including hte facial rash. I was at the Doctor yesterday and I had a large amount of blood in my urine. Also, I woke up yesterday wth blurry vision and still have it. I can cbarely read now and everyting is blurry. My blood pressure is 145/90 ..used tobe 90/60! I have a low grade fever and just feel sick all over. Now today it is getting harder to urinate. I feel the need to go and then it takes me a while to actually go. Then I only go a little bit. Honestly, I’m SCARED! THe blood tests won’t be back til next week and I can’t get to a rheumatologist until the 24th. I feel like I’m on fire and now I seem to be losing color in my skin in places. I have whitish spots forming on my arms and a few on my legs. Can I wait this out or what should I do?

    • missylit says:

      Sounds like you are septic. Please go to the ER now. The longer you wait, the worse your condition is going to get.

  15. Kristen says:

    Weird reaction to heat and sun?
    I have been drinking water all day (about a gallon and a half), including gatorade and other drinks with electrolytes. So just to clarify: I was NOT dehydrated.
    But I began to feel overheated and was exerting myself physically in a manner that I am not used to. It was only 86 degrees outside (no humidity) and I was wearing a long-sleeved cotton blouse over my tank top to prevent sunburn. I burn very easily, despite 90 spf sunblock being constantly reapplied and zinc oxide on my face. I don’t understand it, it just happens. So I had to wear a long-sleeved shirt to prevent any further burns. It was white and 100% cotton.
    I had been sweating profusely all day, but suddenly I became very tired and dizzy, and I got very very cold. My skin had goosebumps and I began to shiver so violently that I couldn’t speak. I was obviously overheated, but for some reason I couldn’t get warm enough.
    All the websites on sunstroke and heatstroke mention the possibility of convulsions, but none mention being incredibly cold, and what I experienced was definitely shivering, not a seizure. I was afraid that my shivering would cause my body temperature to rise even more, which would cause an even worse problem. I just don’t understand why my body responds in this manner to heat. Any thoughts? I kindly ask that you not post verbatim quotes from medical websites about sunstroke- I already know the symptoms. I only want an answer to why I am so cold. Thanks in advance.
    And just to tack this on: I also get very small water blisters (the size of a pin head) all over my arms and chest when I am hot. This can happen in the sun, or even in the shower if the water is too hot. I do not have lupus or any skin disease- I just get multiple, very small blisters.

    • Q n A says:

      This is of great interest to me, something uncommon.
      Could it be effect of adolescence or menstrual.
      Please email me if you got the perfect answer.
      Sorry and thank you.

  16. Necey J says:

    I experience most symptoms of lupus but my ANA test came back negative.?
    About a 1½ 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.

    • Linda R says:

      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.

  17. Lady says:

    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.

  18. gamefreak1972 says:

    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.

    • evil woman says:

      Sometimes niacin makes you feel sunburn and flushed. Check the vitamins and see if maybe there is too much niacin in them.

      vee

  19. ~**Stranger in Manchester**~ :) says:

    Michael Jackson Fans Only Please, you haters won’t be interested, honestly.?
    Any Mike fans on here want to start a MJ fan website with me? I’ll be using freewebs and it’ll just be a site about Mike with his biography, pix, song, and news on it etc, not a chat site but I won’t be letting everyone who wants to do it, just a select few. If you want to, let me know and i’ll contact you – leave an email or if your email address is active i’ll send u an email. Thanks!

    Things you must have to qualify:
    1. You must love Michael as a person, not just as a performer.
    2. You must realise and understand thoroughly that Michael is completely innocent of all the charges laid against him in 1993 and 2005.
    3. You must also understand and realise that Michael did not change his skin colour on purpose, but that it is the result of skin diseases namely vitiligo and lupus and the medication that he takes for these.
    4. You must also understand that Michael’s plastic surgery started as a result of him breaking his nose and then needing it fixed, also that he has only had 3 on his nose and 1 on his chin.
    5. You must not be a believer in tabloid rumours about michael until you have researched them and found a good reason whether or not to believe them.
    EDIT: Oh, 2 plastic surgeries on his nose, sorry! (I did no that, must have pressed 3 by mistake lol)

    • moonwalk says:

      Damn right
      Michael Jackson is the King Of Pop now and forever,
      1) hell yeah he is just to fine I wanna make him mine
      2)for sure he is 100%INNOCENT and I went on a tv show where i live deffending him to the letter
      3) all fans know about his having vitiligo and lupus
      4)actually you made a slight boobob he has had only two official plastic surgeries on his nose, the first surgery in the early 80′s was to repair a deviated septum
      5)the tabloids can kiss my A**

      also if you are on the website myyearbook i recently started a MJ fan site,
      but we are friends on here so if you choose me to help you with the site, i will leave you a message with my email, I dont want haters blowing up my inbox with bulls**t

      ♥I Love You Michael♥

  20. corsinofour says:

    I think I have a rare heredtary skin disorder…?
    For 3 years now I have been scratching.. I can’t deal with it anymore. I have scars ALL OVER my body from scalp to toe. It started out on my scalp the I had it on my theighs. Then my back.. Over he years one spot heals for another spot to get infected. None of my kids have it. Nor does my husband. Sometimes I get hives at night. But for the most part. my skin starts to itch. I scratch, then small red bumps appear..After the bumps arrive. I may scratch at night in which the turn to sores then scars. I have been to a dermatologist.. He said there is “no medical reason” for this. My OBGYN tested me for different types of Lupus. My family doctor says it’s stress… (For 3 years???) Someone pleae help me. My body is torn up and scarred.. there is no relief.. The only thing that makes me feel remotely better is a $5 can of bacterial spray over the counter.. This will last me 2-3 days..I am immune to Anti-itch creams and inti-inflammatory meds. Also, mydad visited the other day and I noticed he has something similar to what I have, but only on his arms and legs. He says its bug bites, but they aren’t.. HELP..
    please actually read what I write, before you answer!! & Don’t send links unless they actually work.

  21. ShadowWolfWarrior1 says:

    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?

    • lupiechef says:

      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.

  22. Lynna says:

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

  23. VV15 says:

    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.

    • emtd65 says:

      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.

  24. Anonymous says:

    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

    • Linda R says:

      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.

  25. Andrea says:

    Constant Pain, not lupus! HELP!!!?
    I have been in constant pain for almost a year now. I was in the hospital in January and February of this year, and I had the 5th disease (or Parvo, what ever you want to call it). I was on Prednisone for 3 months, and I am still hurting. They put me back on the steroid, but it actually made it worse. From the base of my skull, down behind my ears, down my neck to my shoulders and all the way to my hips, I hurt. My skin and my joints hurt. They tested me for Lupus, and for Rheumatoid Arthritis, and they both came back negative. I am only 30, and should not feel this way. I was leaning towards fibromyalsia, but I would like to talk to someone who has that. Please let me know! Thanks in advance!!!!

    • orange sky says:

      sounds like fibro to me. i suffered like that for 20 yrs. before i got a correct diagnosis. change doctors until you find one who knows the correct way to test you. they will feel tender points under the skin and then will know if you have that or not. i hope you don’t have it.

  26. sante says:

    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

    • reifguy says:

      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 ,

  27. J.prettygirl.rock says:

    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!

    • Voelven says:

      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.

  28. J R says:

    Does it bother you that the “newest HIV vaccine” officially only gives you a 33.3% protection rate?
    According to our local news I thought I had heard it wrong until I heard it on three different networks, more or less saying “But you still have to use protection because it only protects from about a third of strains, 2 out of 3 participants in the Thailand experiment still contracted HIV”

    My Polio vaccine doesn’t have a 67% failure rate I don’t think. Neither did my Measles Mumps Rubella vaccine. In fact I don’t think the smallpox vaccine had that rate of failure.

    So swine flu can be done in a couple months… but HIV vaccine takes 30 years and counting with a 67% failure rate?

    As someone who worked in microbiology with someone in vaccine research, this boggles my mind.

    Vaccines need specific RNA, right? First I hear the mutation theory “It mutates so fast the strains keep changing” But if that were the case, why do the symptoms stay the same for 30 years? Isn’t mutation what makes one virus cause a runny nose, and another cause vomiting, and another make your skin turn a certain color, or another mutation make it only affect birds etc? So with all the mutations, 30 years later it still affects the same primary groups, drug users, homosexual males, and Africans AND happens to have the exact same symptoms. How can an STD remain in the same subgroups so consistently for 30 years? Why are female prostitutes not one of these subgroups? (They are for every other STD)?

    In evolutionary science, doesn’t this whole thing defy logic? Will there ever be a useful vaccine, or in 30 or 60 more years will we still be at the same point we are today? Did anyone bother to ask, is this even a virus? Who ruled AIDS out of being an autoimmune disease like lupus, or related to toxicities preventing the formation of certain integral cells, or a result of exposure to higher amounts of certain environmental chemicals or substances? In either case, you’d never be able to make a real vaccine, Just wondering……..Because even my grandmother (who is NOT a skeptic!, and not a scientist) heard the news and said basically “What do they think we are, stupid?”

    Also what about the people with “Idiopathic CD4+ lymphocytopenia” also known as “HIV negative AIDS” The Center for Disease Control counts them to. If they are HIV negative, and everyone agrees that they have no virus in their system, how do we prevent “HIV negative AIDS” (since no virus = no vaccine) And since no virus is involved, is THAT type of AIDS contagious too? What causes AIDS then?

    * If we could eliminate all the HIV positive AIDS cases with a perfect vaccine someday, we would still have all the HIV negative AIDS cases, with those people still existing, how could we ever fully eradicate “AIDS”? (since “Idiopathic CD4+ lymphocytopenia” is NOT viral?)

    Does this disturb anyone? Or is it just progress, and I am simply pessimistic?
    Pessimistic I’ll take :), but ignorant?, sigh “essentiallysolo” Polio Vaccine took only 14 years not 60, It was completed in 1950, and started with mid to late 1930′s technology. We now have Electron Microscopes and have the ability to individualy analyse the human genome, as well as complete and specific RNA particles

    You mention mutations, but still forget to explain how this rapidly mutating virus stays the same, while a bird flu just needs one simple mutation to affect swine, and a another quick one to affect humans. I don’t think its so ignorant to ask why a small combination of RNA particles can mutate so often for decades and retain ANY viral resemblance, or similar effect. Feel free to elaborate your mutation theory, so I can better understand. You may lean another way on this, but nonetheless, I believe my question is still scientifically valid, tho controversial.

  29. Kristen says:

    sun stroke (or possibly heat exhaustion)?
    Weird reaction to heat and sun?
    I have been drinking water all day (about a gallon and a half), including gatorade and other drinks with electrolytes. So just to clarify: I was NOT dehydrated.
    But I began to feel overheated and was exerting myself physically in a manner that I am not used to. It was only 86 degrees outside (no humidity) and I was wearing a long-sleeved cotton blouse over my tank top to prevent sunburn. I burn very easily, despite 90 spf sunblock being constantly reapplied and zinc oxide on my face. I don’t understand it, it just happens. So I had to wear a long-sleeved shirt to prevent any further burns. It was white and 100% cotton.
    I had been sweating profusely all day, but suddenly I became very tired and dizzy, and I got very very cold. My skin had goosebumps and I began to shiver so violently that I couldn’t speak. I was obviously overheated, but for some reason I couldn’t get warm enough.
    All the websites on sunstroke and heatstroke mention the possibility of convulsions, but none mention being incredibly cold, and what I experienced was definitely shivering, not a seizure. I was afraid that my shivering would cause my body temperature to rise even more, which would cause an even worse problem. I just don’t understand why my body responds in this manner to heat. Any thoughts? I kindly ask that you not post verbatim quotes from medical websites about sunstroke- I already know the symptoms. I only want an answer to why I am so cold. Thanks in advance.
    And just to tack this on: I also get very small water blisters (the size of a pin head) all over my arms and chest when I am hot. This can happen in the sun, or even in the shower if the water is too hot. I do not have lupus or any skin disease- I just get multiple, very small blisters.

    • Erika says:

      Being a regular player of tennis in the Florida sun, I’ve experienced this sensation quite often. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve researched this question a few times over the years.

      The shivering thing is much like having a fever. Your brain decides what your core temperature is set at and the rest of the body acts accordingly. So, when you core temp started rising (heat exhaustion) from being in the sun all day, your brain began to think your body temperature should be higher, which it then triggered the rest of your body to shiver or “warm up” in order to match the high “core” temp your brain has set. It sounds kind of silly, but anyone who has sufferred from this is quite familiar with the process. Just view it as your brain got too hot, believed it was your new temp and told your body to catch up, hence the shivering.

      the blisters.. I get them often and so do many people I know who play tennis in the sun a lot. I’m not sure why it happens,…. something to do with sweathing and the skin drying up… I don’t believe they are such a big deal. Just try to keep yourself from oversweating in the sun and it most likely won’t happen. I don’t believe it’s dangerous because I have it happen at least a few times a year, but don’t tell my dermatologist this..

      The core temp rising, equivelant to a fever, now that’s dangerous as I’m sure you are well aware of by this point. I’m not sure why the website didn’t mention the shivering symptom along with heat exhaustion or stroke, it’s actually a very common symptom in these situations.

  30. JAnabellE says:

    Dog’s Systemic and Discoid Lupus?
    I just got this 2 years old American Pitbull. He first diagnosed with food allergy. But didn’t cured for a very long time. Lately, he been diagnosed with Lupus, his SLE test which taken from blood test is positive. But since vet in my country is still didn’t know what to do, so i search in internet. And found that my dog doesn’t have any symtomps similar with SLE, but mostly DLE. Because it only affect his skin. And he still like to run and nothing wrong with his joint. Is it possible that the blood test is wrong? Any conclusion? and what i have to do? MR Vet gave him 7,5 mg of Prednison everyday. And it reduced the red rash.

  31. Kimberly F says:

    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.

    • patricia c says:

      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.

  32. Dianna says:

    Is it common for Raynaud’s phenomenon to occur on only one side of the body?
    My friend has been through MRI’s, CT scans, blood test galore, several cardiologists, neurologists, family physicians, ER trips, etc. She has tingling/numbness of her right arm and leg and they will turn blue and she will not be able to grasp things or bend her knee (will bend if you do so manually, but she cannot walk normally when it occurs). A little bit later, sometimes 10 minutes and sometimes 5 hours, her skin color will return to normal and she will have functioning back.

    She’s been tested for MS, Lyme Disease, cardiovascular problems, Lupus, etc. Everything keeps coming back negative and that “she’s fine.” But, she is not fine because she will lose her ability to use her right foot and/or right arm and hand several times during the day.

    So, she is thinking she may have Raynaud’s, but we both wonder if it can only occur on one side of the body?

    In the beginning, they thought she was having a stroke, but that was ruled out.
    This began in November and she has only had two normal functioning days since then.
    She’s obviously seen many doctors, as I mentioned in my post.

  33. Angie says:

    Hi

    I showed one of the lupus doctors the photos and he said it could well be. Unfortunately it’s a bit difficult to tell from a photo. It certainly looks quite like the blisters we see with discoid lupus patients.

    I think the only way to be sure is for a doctor to actually see the blisters themselves.

    Sorry couldn’t be more definite with the answer.

  34. worried says:

    LUPUS or SEVERE STRESS?
    I have posted many different questions here for the pass 2 months as i had a hard time understanding why i was having so much different symptoms and going to so much different doctors trying to get help in finding out wat is wrong with me all they said ur just depress but depress when i keep peeing alot many trips to the bathroom pain in my right side and back he said UTI but the meds only work a short time then it start all over i have no bleeding just very mild swelling in one of my ankle and that’s wht i see every1 says they dnt see a swelling i had protein in my urine he said was cause from the UTI but does UTI give pain in back and side i have knee pain in 1 knee now and then my skin has a burning sensation at nights mostly i was diagnose with chronic gastritis a month ago i had tht 3years ago when i was on blood pressure med call aldomet and had medicinal induce lupus after i stop the meds all when back normal until now i have burning feeling in my gut at times i have lost 10lbs and sometimes 14 lbs sometimes i feel ok and other times im just really not feeling like me its scary that a month ago while having my period i had horrible hot flash excess sweating and hot and cold feeling told my doctor he just blow me off saying just hormones acting up hummmm i said to myself hormones acting up at age 29 i wake in the mornings with racing heart then it stop i have metallic mouth sometimes and funny feeling in my throat sometimes i don’t feel like eating then other time i eat alot i have jus ask my doctor to check me for lupus i did my ANA test but haven’t gotten results yet but wat i wud like to know cud all this add up to lupus or just plain stress from the death of my best friend of 15years all these symptoms start right after her death . please help
    by the way my grand mother had thyroid problem huge lump in her neck my sister had an attack few year ago too i did a test few year ago but it was ok my aunt think maybe its thyroid problem but i dnt think cause my test was clean

  35. meme says:

    long time friend told me she has lupus?
    I dont know what to say…. she moved away after high school 4+ years ago and we spoke a little here and there on facebook but she updated some pics and she lost a lot of weight and her skin looks different so i asked and she said she had lupus i didnt know what to say but sorry and changed the subject because i dont know how she feels about it like she might think i have pity on her . my friend said lupus will only kill her and that makes me so MAD ….i actually started crying because i dont want her to die.. i want to tell her that i will be there for her and if she ever needs someone to talk to i’ll be there but im scared she might get mad or sad because when i told her sorry she said she was fine but i dont know ..she moved back to my area because her family live here i want to hang out with her you know? what would u do she was once my best friend..but that was long ago

    • Linda R says:

      Lupus is not usually fatal. Your friend needs to learn about lupus. The Lupus Book by Daniel Wallace MD is the definitive source of lupus information for patients and their loved ones.

      Lupus is controlled by taking drugs that weaken your immune system. Regular monitoring by a rheumatologist, taking meds as prescribed, and working toward an overall healthy lifestyle are essential when you have lupus. It is not a death sentence, but it is a life sentence.

      People who are newly diagnosed isolate themselves. You would be of great service to your friend if you go out for lunch or another activity on a regular basis. She is still the same person. She just happens to have the disease. Don’t make lupus the center of your relationship with her. Just be together. She needs you.

      Most cases of lupus are mild to moderate. Lupus is a remitting/flaring disease. While there is no cure, there are periods when the disease is quiet. Over time she will learn self management skills so she has more periods of remission.

      I will be 59 next week. I have a severe case of lupus that nearly killed me in 2003 because it involved my heart, lungs, bone marrow, kidneys and brain. I have been in remission for several years now. I blog about living with chronic illness. I invite you and your friend to subscribe. The link is below.

  36. Eden* says:

    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

  37. Melissa F says:

    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

    • Dog Rescuer says:

      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..

  38. TrippyC says:

    itchy skin, bumps with a red splot around it, pollen?
    ok so like anyother day i take a shower, usually after a shower im itchy for 5 mintues. yesterday it started itching a few hours after i got out, it was itchy when i was trying to sleep. my itch is in random places on my body like my hand (one hand) upper right thigh, right cheek, back, stomach. there not big but red, after scratching i have bumps on it, feels horrible. My mom has lupus and i’m a dude (6:1 ratio women to men) and i searched online this is the only symptom of lupus i would have. my joints dont hurt or anything. another thing is that ive been fighting an allergic reaction to pollen since i was 11 (almost 13 now), first i had a runny nose, watery eyes all that junk. then i started getting itchy where i couldnt scratch which is normal, now this? please help

  39. Eona says:

    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. superchick2314 says:

    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.

    • Linda R says:

      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.

  41. Gurl . says:

    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 :P 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!

  42. crimsonshedemon says:

    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

  43. Nick S says:

    Just found out my Fiance has?
    Lupus…. I looked it up on the internet and am still unsure of what this is, and what’s all involved….. I guess it only effects her skin and her joints…??? Should I be worried….??? is it something that can be treated?

    • Joe S says:

      I worked with a woman who had lupus. She would have the occasional flare up of joint pain that would slow her down and was always scratching herself. She eventually (last year) had her lungs shut down and was hospitalized for 4 months. She has weakened to the point of where she can function daily at home, but had to retire as work was too much. She is only 57. She is on oxygen daily. When she was in the hospital, they thought it was the end as her heart was weak as was her kidney function. But she is a fighter and survived, but has to monitored daily by a health care worker. Nothing much but a 15 minute visit. But if she has a major organ shut-down, she may not survive.

  44. Dan says:

    Lupus-and Lamsil. Did this doctor screw up big time or what?
    My aunt has been suffering from Lupus since she was fourteen. It runs in our family, sadly shes the only one out of the five of us to get the truest, ugliest effects of it.

    Her skin breaks open, and bleeds. She constantly suffers all the time. She has open sores all over her body that she has delt with for years. Recently, she was put on the drug LAMISIL to get rid of her toe fungus. After about two weeks of taking it, her lupus broke out times TEN. She now not only has open sores, she has hives COVERING her body including her hands and face. She went on WebMD and looked up Lamisil (the drug she was recently perscibed) and get this…it CAUSES LUPUS. (If you have lupus lying dormant.)

    She goes and confronts the doctor, and this was his excuse…”Well, it doesn’t say it shouldn’t be perscribed to anyone who has Lupus.” Is this the biggest load of sh*t ever? This is the third time this doctor has screwed us over. Our mother is dead probably because of this guy.

    What do you guys think?

  45. spelled2003 says:

    I have reaccuring spells of extreme joint followed by entire itchy skin I have had neg lupus,RA,ANA, test
    I do not have any rashes on my body but I do have a slight butterfly rash on my cheeks I do not take any meds that are causing this. Has anyone been diagnosed with a disease or disorder that sounds like this. All doctors I have ever seen believe it is an auto immune disorder but cannot figure out which one i have been battling this for 8 or so yrs and it is continuing to get worse every year.Lately it is untolerable. I have been give vicoprophen for the pain but I need answers and cannot get hooked to this kind of drug. Plus the med only works for an hour or two.

  46. ♥Missy♥ says:

    Im so scared…lupus?
    I have hashimoto’s disease (thyroid disease). I have had it for 7 years and take synthyroid. Last month something happened to my legs, I live in oklahoma and its very hot and sunny here. Well when the weather started heating up my legs got really hot like a sunburn feeling, then they got to the point that they were so tender I couldn’t touch them, then this big rash type of sorts appeared below my knees only it looked like a very severe sunburn, after that these little bumps appeared, it looked like bug bites all over my legs, they are now disappearing but are a brownish color, itch and my skin is very very dry, i forgot to add during all this I have had swelling in my feet and my joints hurt int my feet also, if im out in the sun for about 10 minutes i get very sick and sweat and feel like im burning up. My face turns red across my cheeks and nose. I went to the dr and have had a positive ANA and D Dimer and one more test i cant remember it started with a C. I was told my rheumatoid arthritis test was negative, but hes sending me to a Rheumatologist to see if I have lupus. Im so scared…does this sound like lupus?

    • Hush says:

      Lupus has a variety of symptoms and it’s hard to tell over the Internet what you have. But it sounds like you’re getting excellent care and doing everything right. Take deep breaths. You’ll get a diagnosis and if it is lupus you’ll have treatment options — they’re doing a lot of good research in the area right now — and you’ll be able to deal with it. You sound level-headed and intelligent, and you’ve dealt with Hashimoto’s. That’s no picnic. Remember that stress is a trigger for a lot of autoimmune diseases so treat yourself well. You deserve it.

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