Caught a virus and starting to experience severe headaches? If you start to have severe viral infection headaches, then you should check them out. It will be a good idea to ensure that your symptoms do not point to a case of meningitis. There are serious consequences from having meningitis.So what is meningitis all about? This is an infection in the membrane that surrounds your brain. Brain and spinal cord infections can be very dangerous because they cause inflammation, which places pressure on your nerves.

This will cause you to have a viral infection headache.Inflammation can also cause the following symptoms:* Fever* Severe headache* Feeling confusedSevere inflammation can cause these symptoms:* Brain damage * Stroke* Seizures * DeathA bacterial infection or virus causes meningitis. The body can usually fight and beat an infection. However, when the infection travels into the blood stream, it can then go into your brain and spinal cord fluid. It can then affect your nerves and move into the brain causing inflammation and swelling.

This can damage or kill nerve cells and cause bleeding in the brain. It can also cause you to have a viral infection headache.Brain swelling is very dangerous because the brain is a soft organ in a hard box (the skull). If the brain swells, there is nowhere for it to go, except against the walls of the skull. This is what causes the most damage.

There are several causes of meningitis.

These include
* Bacterial infection
* Viral infection
* Fungal infection
* A reaction to medications
* A reaction to medical treatments
* Lupus
* Some forms of cancer
* A trauma to the head or back

Bacterial meningitis is the worst type because it can kill you. It often begins as an upper respiratory tract infection. From there it travels through your blood vessels to your brain. Then it can block up your blood vessels inside your brain triggering a stroke and brain damage. Viral meningitis is the most common form.

Usually viruses that enter your body through your mouth before going to your brain and multiplying cause it. You can find these viruses in the mucus, saliva and feces.

Other viruses that may cause meningitis include:
* Chicken pox
* Flu
* Mumps
* Genital herpes

Anyone can catch meningitis. This is especially true if your immune system is weak. Meningitis often begins like the flu does. You may get a rash.

The major symptoms include:
* Running a sudden fever
* A severe headache
* Stiff neck
* Dislike of light

Bacterial meningitis must be treated quickly. Severe bacterial meningitis will require intravenous antibiotics. On the other hand, antibiotics cannot be used to treat viral meningitis because they do not kill viruses. Whether you are having bacterial or viral meningitis, what would be best for yourself is to get plenty of rest and give your body a break. In the meantime, drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins and go easy on your diet.

Do follow the recommendations by your doctor during this period. Your viral infection headache and other symptoms will start to subside as your body recovers.

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11 thoughts on “Types Of Lupus Rashes

  1. fightforsuccess

    How do I know if I have Rosacea?
    I’ve always had red skin problems on my face esp. the cheeks, chin and nose. I know my face isn’t supposed to look red or pink because none of my parents look like that naturally plus my forehead, ears, other areas of my face and the rest of me is light brown not red.

    And whenever I eat too much the read stuff on my face gets worse and it feels very hot plus spots start to occur.

    Do you know what type of skin problem I have?

    1. Lady Rose

      There are several reasons why a person might have facial redness. Here’s just a few:
      – genetics / hormones
      – rosacea
      – hyperpyrexia
      – sun sensitivity
      – allergy
      – medication induced
      – lupus

      For a proper, professional diagnosis, I recommend you see a dermatologist.

      The redness of rosacea is often aggravated by involuntary blushing, and causes small blood vessels in the face to dilate and become more visible through the skin. Repeated episodes of flushing and blushing may promote inflammation and facial redness. Over time this may appear like a red rash and may include tiny red lines as well as small red bumps that often resemble common acne.

      Whether you have rosacea or not, there’s certainly ways to keep some facial redness under control and less noticeable. It’s up to you how much effort you want to put into caring for your health and your skin.

      You can try increasing your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil or fish oils.
      Fennel seeds, Flax seeds and Flax seed Oil supplements also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically. (reduce acne and redness for some people)

      Here are a few other helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
      – avoid any products with alcohol (internally or externally)
      – only use gentle, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
      – avoid scented soaps and creams
      – have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
      – try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you’re not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
      – try using face lotion containing certified green algae (use lotion, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
      – avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 – 30 spf)
      – drink green tea, rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
      – eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
      – avoid spicy foods and greasy foods
      – find out what your own personal food “triggers” are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate the redness) Understand that certain things MAY increase flare-ups and visible symptoms for some people.
      – avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
      – try to get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
      – try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions)

      Check out the sites below for the most current, up-to-date information regarding facial redness…

  2. Unknown

    What are some of the medical treatments for lupus? How do people die from lupus do their organs sweal in?
    the body how does it happen and what are some of the treatments for lupus?

  3. Cassia

    Is there anyway I can get tested for lupus without my fathers consent?
    I’m currently 15, and my father won’t get me tested for lupus even though my mother has it. I show signs of Lupus, and my mother wants to get me tested (my parents are divorced) what should I do? How can I get these tests done, just to be sure, without my fathers consent? Is there anyway?
    I have no “doctor”, and i have these symptoms:
    Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain
    Unexplained fever
    Red rashes, most commonly on the face
    Chest pain upon deep breathing
    Extreme fatigue
    And Swelling (edema) in legs
    mouth ulcers

  4. icantwait48

    What is lupus and how does one get lupus?
    My annoying ex-boyfriend and I got into a huge argument over what lupus really is. My dad, a physician for very sick adults, told me that lupus could be anything because it disguises itself as other diseases. My ex told me, his source being a doctor, that lupus was a skin disease and that it starts out as a skin disease. Any medical information?

    1. Anonymous

      The cause of lupus is unknown. It falls under the category of autoimmune diseases, which are noninfectious diseases where the body is believed to be, for some reason, attacking itself. There is one type of lupus which is called “discoid lupus erythematosos” which affects only the skin and is usually not very serious. The other lupus can attack MANY different areas of the body and its seriousness can go from mild to extremely severe. There is not one specific test for lupus and it can be hard to diagnose since its presentation may differ greatly from person to person and it may appear differently at different times even in the same person. Some of the more common presentations may include joint pain and swelling, chronic or intermittent low grade temperature, severe fatigue, red skin rashes (the “classic” lupus skin lesion is a red rash appearing over the nose/upper cheeks in the form of a butterfly–but of course not everyone gets that)–lupus can also affect the kidneys, the cardiovascular system, can cause blood disorders and may cause many other symptoms as well. In some cases lupus patients may experience head hair loss. If lupus is suspected, the best type of doctor to see would be a rheumatologist who would be familiar with the group of blood tests which may indicate that a person MAY have lupus–since there is no one blood test. If a person is diagnosed as having lupus, treatment would be directed at stopping the abnormal body response that is causing the patient’s symptoms–there are a number of very different types of medications which can be used to try to achieve this.I have given a very general description of a very complicated disorder and would suggest you read up on it –perhaps WEBMD would be a place to start.

  5. SquishySquishy=0

    Is the Malar/Butterfly rash permanent? Or does it go away, or leave any type of scaring behind?
    If you have Lupus or know someone who does, please let me know. Sometimes my nose and cheeks get a little pink and a bit itchy. So i was just curious how it appears and how long it stays. I know it might be different for everyone. I haven’t had one yet, but just so I can get an idea…
    Any other info about the rash that you wanna share is welcomed.

  6. punkmommy

    What do you make of these symptoms?
    My joints are swollen and hurting, especially my knees but my hands, fingers, ankles, toes, wrists, and elbows are also effected. I also have a rash all over my arms, legs, stomach, and chest. It is a flat, blotchy red rash that feels hot to the touch but is not itchy. What in the world is wrong with me? Please don’t say see a doctor because I plan on doing that as soon as they open. I am just looking for som insights while I wait.

    1. Dawn73

      I hope by the time you read this you will have seen a Dr. Sounds awful poor you. Have you taken a prescribed medication or eaten something that has reacted with your body in this way? If not you could have a number of different things. Three things spring into my mind. Firstly it could be a case of glandular fever, but I never heard this relating to the joints swelling up. Secondly it could be a type rheumatoid arthritis (ra) or lupus can also cause these type of symptoms.
      It is very difficult to say without seeing you. It may also be nothing too. While you’re waiting why not give NHS direct a call. They are very helpful and can point you in the right direction.
      Hope this helps.
      D73 (Nurse)

  7. Famez

    Does all lupus effect your skin?
    I know there are many different types of lupus,but when I research it skin rashes are discussed a lot. I was wondering if there was a type that didn’t effect your skin. If so, Which type is it? Thankyou.

    1. Linda R

      There are four types of lupus.
      1. Neonatal lupus affects newborns of mothers who have lupus. If often clears on its own in about 6 months or so. In some cases the child may have congenital heart block which does not resolve itself.
      2. Drug induced lupus is caused by certain medications, notably those for high blood pressure or tuberculosis. It goes away when the drug is withdrawn.
      3. Cutaneous or discoid lupus affects the skin.
      4. Systemic lupus erythematosus affects the body internally (joints, organs, and/or nervous system).

      Some people who have cutaneous lupus develop systemic lupus. Some people who have systemic lupus develop cutaneous lupus.

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