There are many types of rashes and each has its own characteristics and causes. One kind of facial rash is called a malar rash in the medical field, but it is more commonly known as the butterfly rash. The rash gets its unusual name from the fact that it always appears on the face where it spreads across both cheeks and the bridge of the nose, which forms a shape very similar to that of a butterfly.

Butterfly rashes are usually linked back to another condition called systemic lupus erythematosus, but this unique rash can also be a symptom of other disorders like Bloom Syndrome, rosacea, Pellagra and dermatomyositis. All have different causes and special tests have to be performed to find out the root of the problem. It has also been shown that certain activities can also trigger the appearance of a butterfly rash, though. This includes being in chlorinated water found in swimming pools, spending time outside, exposure to sunlight or even taking certain medications that cause an adverse reaction.

Besides the distinctive shape and the location of a butterfly rash, there are also other signs that appear. The rash itself is almost always reddish to purple in color and it sometimes appears to be scaly. Just how visible and scaly the rash is depends on how intense it is and the severity also determines just how discolored the skin will be. In mild cases of butterfly rash, the skin discoloration is mild, but in severe cases it is not unheard of for the rash to actually be bright red and climb up to and around the eyes.

Although a butterfly rash can look extremely irritated, it is fortunately not itchy or painful. People suffering from this type of rash, though, are often very self-conscious and feel uncomfortable going out when this rash breaks out since it is very visible. This unwanted attention from others can even lead to social problems in extreme cases.

The treatment of a butterfly rash is dependent upon the cause and that has to be determined before any medications can be prescribed. Since the causes range from nutrient deficiency to autoimmune disorders or even chromosomal disorders, it is necessary to have the right examinations and testing done. Specialists can help to determine if it is genetic or not, but the patient suffering from butterfly rashes can also help by keeping a journal on the outbreak. It is important for any doctor to know when the rash appears, what was being done when it occurred and even how long it lasts once it appears.

One of the most effective ways to deal with a butterfly rash is to take an anti-inflammatory drug. This almost always reduces the rash intensity and since there are several drugs in this class to choose from, it is possible to find one that will not cause the patient other negative side effects. Other options include dietary changes or applying topical creams. However, if the discoloration is not severe and the patient is not bothered by their appearance, the most recommended treatment is to simply wait for it to disappear.


58 thoughts on “What Is A Butterfly Rash And What Causes It?

  1. Letitia L

    How to tell the difference between butterfly rash and general red cheeks?
    Recently I have this unexplained rash on my neck and the lower part of my face, it did not itch or have any pain, it was just these red blotches, very slightly raised. I went to the doctors a couple of times and they had no idea. It is still there but less obvious now.
    But recently after having other problems, I came across a website about lupus, and looking at the rash it looks like what I have, plus quite a lot of the symptoms… Over the last few months I have not felt very well at all.

    I do have a redness across my nose and cheeks like the butterfly rash, but how can I know if this is all just in my head and actually I just have rosy cheeks, or if this actually is this rash.
    Plus I do get swelling and pain in my joints, but I am only 16.

  2. SouthernBelle

    How would I know if I have Lupus? What test should I ask my doctor about?
    My sister is a nurse and she thinks that I have Lupus. Somedays I have to make myself get out of bed. It is a struggle to perform normal household chores. I have had the “butterfly” rash on my face but it wasn’t that bad. I have episodes where I feel like I can do anything. When I have a flare-up I get nodules behind my ear and one in my neck. I also get a rash on my chest that itches. There is also pain in my joints when I have an episode and could sleep for days. I do not suffer from depression. I was told that it can be hard to determine if you have Lupus. If I do have it will it affect me having children in the future and could it be the cause of a previous miscarriage? Just to be clear I have been tested for EVERYTHING but Lupus.

    1. J

      I am no doctor, but sounds like you have many lupus symtoms…..take it from someone that was diagnosed in 1996. Some days are better than others, but if properly diagnosed they will be testing your blood for overproduction of white blood cells……my doctor (he was so aweseome because I went to 6 that misdiagnosed me!!) said that was really the only true test to tell if you have the disease or not. If you get diagnosed with lupus you will have to take care of yourself more and learn that you can’t do everything you used to do! (You need more rest for sure, you will learn to take naps, etc.) Good luck with your search for a good doctor.

  3. betsy_51783

    Can anyone help me with a rash on my arms, hands, legs, and chest?
    I have a raised rad rash that comes and goes on my body some times it is worse than others but it never goes away. I have had it for over a month now. I have tried topical ointments over the counter and prescription. I have taken antihistamines again both over the counter and prescription. (prednisone, atarax, benadryl…) The thing is no one seems to know what is causing it including 3 different doctors. It itches and there is no hiding it when it decides to flare up. I do have Discoid Lupus but this is not a symptom of it (so the doctors say) I am at a loss. A few people have told me that it might be caused by stress. I have tried to do research and have found very little on rashes caused by stress. I have been through a little lately and I could attribute it to that I just need to do something. Please any advice. Nothing I am taking or using topically is working and doctors are not helping. Any advice or help would be welcomed!!!!

    1. Love the babies

      If the “raised red rash” is obviously square or triangular in the areas that it pops up in, it is probably a contact allergy to something. A lot of folks have nickel allergies, so you may want take notice of where it happens and what you are wearing in those areas. You may want to consider patch testing as well. Contact a dermatologist rather than a family doctor.

  4. Frodo Baggins

    Rubella or mononucleosis? How do I tell?
    Posted earlier abut whether I might have mono, but in addition to chills, low-grade fever, swollen glands, aching and exhaustion, episodic nausea, etc., I’ve come down with headache plus a small rash on the back of my neck, as well as itching there and on my face and upper back, though we can’t see a rash there so far.

    I know mono, rubella, and generic viral exanthems can cause rash. I was immunized via MMR with booster but took tough immunosuppresion hits since 1988. . .Hodgkin’s, chemo/rads, SLE (systemic lupus), etc. What might I have? (Yes, I’ve a dr appt slated for Mon.)

    1. Maria

      Mono can present with a rash. It usually comes on early in the course of the disease and is maculopapular, faint and usually fades quickly (much faster than the other symptoms) I would wonder where you contracted mono. If you have been on immunosuppresents I’m certain that you are careful about who you are in contact with and wouldn’t be around someone who is showing symptoms of mono. The odds of catching mono from someone that you haven’t had close contact with are low, even with the therapies that you are on. I would suggest that your best bet is the doctor as there are so many different things that fit what you are describing here. Just wait until Monday or if it becomes to much to deal with visit the ER. Good luck and I hope you get to the bottom of it soon.

  5. daynine79

    Itching remedies for cutaneous lupus?
    I’ve got photosensitive cutaneous lupus and I break out in itchy hives and rashes all the time, even though I take my plaquenil and steroids and put on sunscreen. Does anyone know of any good products I can get from the drugstore or home remedies I can try to curb the itching? It’s really torturous!

  6. Betsy

    Lupus “butterfly” rash?
    Does it ease up a bit once the person gets out of the sun? It still itches terribly, is raised and pink. But not bright red like it was. I ws dx with FMS some years ago with many other symptoms of SLE. My rheumatologist at the time would not dx lupus without positive blood test even though some patients don’t.
    I know I need to go back but it will be a while. Haven’t seen rheumatologist in 3 years. There has been nothing she could ( or would) do that I was willing to take.
    Yes, I know if the sun aggravates it I should stay out of it. Just the sun I get in the car makes me miserable but with 3 kids, 2 of them babies, what else can I do? They have to go certain places.
    It doesn;t seem to b other my hands when exposed, but they don;t stay in the sun. Perhaps I just need to find a strong sunscreen and use even if I’m just riding in the car.
    Steroids are not an option for me right now.

  7. Sammistar24

    Young with possible autoimmune disease?
    I’m 23 and I started losing my hair a few months ago that my derm said was telogen effluvium. I was so stressed and upset over it. I ended up developing strange MS-like neurological symptoms, got MRI and came back normal. My neuro is currently testing me for lupus and my internist thinks its just anxiety so Im currently on Xanax, which has helped with the symptoms. However, I’ve noticed I still have a rash (doesn’t itch) and its kinda splotchy and gets more red in bath or shower, and also when pressure is applied (sitting Indian style, resting arms on legs, crossing legs in bed, etc.) even for just a min or so. And I noticed ive developed more spider veins and almost like I can see my veins more through my skin than I could before, and small non painful bruise type of spots on legs. This blood test is taking weeks and I’m really scared and need some peace of mind or insight. Does anyone know if this sounds like an autoimmune and which one? I don’t feel nauseous but sometimes I’m fatigued.
    I forgot to add that sometimes my feet get red (bottoms and sides) and the underside of my hands. And sometimes my hands look white-ish and have a grey/blue color to fingers

  8. Smolder

    What to do with discoid lupus?
    Anyone out there know what can relieve the pain and itch of the welt marks caused by the sun? I have discoid lupus and have tried just about everything and nothing seems to work. Other than completely avoiding the sun, that is. I get a rash on my arms and face just from driving in the car.
    I understand what to do to avoid getting the lesions….. but what is there to relieve them if I get them anyway? Like if I remember sunscreen everywhere else but the upper part of one arm for example. Which, I did in fact just do!

    1. Kate

      Your doctor should be able to help. I end up taking predisone and plaquenil when I flare up from the sun, but a good moisurizer for sensitive skin works at relieving the itch.

      I get a rash from being in the car too – even with long sleeves on, because even the heat can set me off… but it usually goes away fairly quickly. ( I have SLE as well – and if the sun doesn’t get me, the heat does) I’ll put on a soothing lotion, and then sometimes hold a cold wet washcloth to the area – which quietens it down some.
      There’s no way that you can ever completely avoid the sun, so ask your pharmacist about something for the rash you get.

      I know this isn’t much…. but I hope it helps !

  9. leegee01

    Help identifying a condition that involves joint pain & swelling along w/ a raised rash only over the joints?
    Starting when I was about 12 years old, I have occasionally had bouts with a strange, unidentified illness. It starts with a little bit of stiffness in the mornings, and progresses over a period of days until the joints are VERY swollen and aching in the mornings, along with a raised, reddish colored rash over each of the affected joints. The raised welts fade down as the day progresses, but the redness and itchiness over the joints remains, along with stiffness and joint pain. Each morning, the joint pain, stiffness, and rash over the joints is worse than the day before.
    It usually starts with the knuckles and wrists of both hands, and progresses to include the elbows, ankles, toes, knees, and even the jaw. Each time the illness has presented, I have seen a doctor who has been completely mystified. I am usually prescribed an anti-inflammatory medicine of some variety to alleviate the symptoms. Once I take a few doses, all symptoms disappear. After the first onset, the length of time between symptoms has been longer each time. As a teenager, it would be a few months apart, and as I got older, more and more years pass between symptoms appearing. The only symptoms are the joint pain and raised welts over the joints – no fever or pain anywhere else.

    Due to the fact that the symptoms are the worst when I first wake up and fade some during the day, along with the fact that all symptoms disappear once I take any medications to alleviate the pain and itching, no one has been able to diagnose it. When there are no symptoms, doctors can’t find a thing wrong with me. Does anyone have any idea what this could be?

    (I am familiar with lupus, lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc. Doctors have all told me that my symptoms are atypical for those diseases.)
    A point of clarification – I haven’t had a flare up with this in years, so I’m not looking for a way to treat it. I just want to know what it could be, or if anyone else has experienced the same symptoms. A number of doctors and specialists have told me they’ve never seen anything like it.

  10. Anonymous

    Could it possibly be Lupus?
    I’m very tired of being treated as though I’m just going nuts. A hypochondriac in a sense. I’m not…I’m sick. Without much to back up what is causing it. The symptoms mainly started when I was around 18…I’m 24 now. I’ve been to the doctor many times being told the same thing. I’m perfectly fine. One doctor finally took into consideration I had a list of symptoms too long for my age and sent me to a digestive specialist. I wasn’t able to continue seeing the specialist, but from the two visits I was able to attend, he determined I had GERD. But I just keep getting worse. It’s not just my upper digestive system, it’s my entire digestive system. Nothing seems to work properly. I’m vomiting in the mornings from acid and bile building up in my stomach throughout the night. I can hardly eat anything without feeling nauseated afterward. My stool varies in color and texture. Some days it’s near normal, others is sticky, others it’s like water. I stay pretty bloated the majority of the time. So bloated and gassy that I have to where a pant size larger than usual. I have to pee once or twice an hour. I get chest pains that are more than likely associated with pain in my esophagus. It’s pretty deep and aching.

    Aside from my digestive problems, just last year I started developing eye and skin problems. I’ve never had any problems with my eyes. Never needed glasses. I’ve started having static like vision (visual snow), I sometimes see bright spots (seeing stars), I’ve noticed an increase in floaters in my vision. Some have came and gone…others are still around. I feel what feels like sparks bursting in the inner corners of my eyes several times a week. I see ghosting. Distant objects are now slightly blurred and my eyes tend to stay dry. All of this developed within the last year. The eye doctor said I had developed an astigmatism. Seems like more is going on than that…just in the last 5 months since my visit to the eye doctor…the symptoms have worsened. Seems a bit quick and much to just be an astigmatism.

    My skin problems started developing around the same time my eye troubles started. I started out just getting a rash on my side. It wasn’t raised…more like a big red blotch. Didn’t itch. I didn’t pay much attention to it until I noticed over a week period it had come and gone in the same spot 3 different times. A few weeks later I started breaking out in hives. They started just on my thighs, then progressed to my entire body over time. They wouldn’t go away unless I laid down, and even then it took hours before the majority would cease. Hives became an ongoing problem that randomly popped up for about 8 months. I could never find a trigger for them. Some days I’d be working and notice them, others I’d wake up and have them…indoors, outdoors, no food allergies, no medication…stress…nothing. I could never find anything. I haven’t really had an outbreak in hives now for about 3 or 4 months. Instead I’ve been getting itchy skin (not dry skin), and more red blotches (not raised) on my skin. First they were mainly coming on my chest, then I started getting them on my hands, feet, stomach, legs…wherever. They seem to start on my chest. Sometimes they itch…sometimes they don’t.

    My symptoms all come and go…aside my eye problems. The dryness in my eyes come and go…but the rest stay pretty constant. But my digestive problems and my skin problems come and go. I have no thoughts as to what may trigger these problems.

    I know that is a lot to read, so if you’ve done so, thank you. Aside from all of that, I stay tired, I have minor body aches that come and go. Especially in my arms and in my knees. I find some days I can’t think as clearly as others…mild confusion occasionally. I have good days and just down right nasty hateful days. Dunno why. I stay depressed for weeks at a time. I went to a State Park just two days ago. It was a cold but sunny day. First time I’ve really been out in the sun that long in months. That night I noticed the butterfly rash across my nose and cheeks. Not a sun burn. It faded yesterday for a few hours and today it’s darker again. This is what made me begin thinking…could this be Lupus? and yes, it does run in both sides of my family. Lupus and Leukemia both do. I’ve had several people tell me even on good days…”You don’t look so good” My last employer told me I wasn’t working out because I just seemed too drained all the time.

    I am uninsured now, and I’m not sure how I would get tested for Lupus…or even how they test for it at all. I’ve read some websites about Lupus, it just seems like such a complicated disease. Any thoughts? Thanks again.
    I forgot to mention my miscarriages. I’ve had 4 healthy children, yet before and after my successful pregnancies, I’ve had 6 miscarriages without a reason being determined. Dunno if that has any relation to this…but thought I’d add it.

    1. Cally J

      Well knowing someone who personally has Lupus it sounds like it may be. However I had very similar symptoms due to a bad reaction to medication, (antacid of all things), and it took awhile to figure it out! So I mean it could be so many things. No one here can answer it for you.

      I would say that you should try to figure out how much it would cost. Maybe call around to different doctors or internalists and see how much something like that would be and try to get it done. If it runs in your family I’d get tested just to be on the safe side. If you want to talk just send me an e-mail.

  11. Anonymous

    Skin rash that wont go away?
    I’ve had this quarter sized rash at the base of my thumb for more than a month and it wont go away. Sometimes it itches. It’s bright red and feels kind of scaly, almost. I’ve used a couple of different products at it, but it’s still there. Sometimes I can’t see it, but I can feel it. Other times, it glows a bright, angry, mocking red at me. I don’t know what to do. What could it mean? My brother says I have lupus… can 16 year olds have lupus?

  12. Phil Collins

    Itchy rash around eyes, mouth, armpits, and thighs?
    I have had a very red, itchy rash in various parts of my body for a month and a half, supposedly caused by an allergic reaction. The rash is around my eyes (upper and lower eyelids, extending to the brow ridge), around my mouth, under my left armpit, on my inner thighs, and on my left nipple. The rash is very red and has clearly defined borders. Sometimes the rash on my eyes is so swollen, I am unable to see and cannot drive to work. The rash around my mouth makes it so that when I open my mouth wide enough (to eat a sandwich or burger), the corners split open and bleed. I have been to 4 different allergists, and 2 different dermatologists, and nothing has been figured out other than that it is contact dermatitis. I have been on three rounds of prednisone, which eliminate the rash completely (but have very nasty side effects), have tried cortisone cream (did not work), and various other prescription-strength anti-itch cream (did not work). I have been on hydroxyzine, a prescription-strength antihistamine (did not work). I have eliminated all possible allergens that come into the contact with my body. I have stopped using deoderent, I switched to baby shampoo, I stopped using shaving cream, I switched to cetaphil (unsecented, hypoallergenic) body wash, and I have stopped using sunscreen. I stopped using fabric softener, I use ivory flakes laundry detergent, and have switched my bedding. I have even stayed at a different house for a week to see if the allergen was where I was living and the rash still got worse. I was blood-tested for various auto-immune diseases like lupus and the results came out negative. It seems like my doctors have all given up and want to put me on prednisone for the rest of my life to mask the symptoms but not try to figure out the problem.

  13. devilishly curious64

    I am concerned that I may heave lupus and never really paid much attention?
    I am 45 years old and for 1 year I have developed some symptoms that have lead me to believe I may have Lupus. I have been feeling very tired, but it has increased severely, hair loss to where i can run my fingers at me scalp and hair falls off, eyes very dry and burning hot, low grade fevers of 100.0 oral, feeling cold to point I sometimes feel I am freezing even while it’s hot, unexplainable heart palpitations, sometimes a slight wheeze, joints hurting, fingers at hands turn white to purple to blue and look like dried prunes, sometimes an stabbing pain at heart which may last for 4-5 seconds, back hurting a lot, weakness in hands,red blotches on face when coming from outside cold to a warm enviroment, itching then a rash, headaches, dizzyness. have done some tests at my doctors office. ANA was a 4, retested 3 months later and itwas ran as ANACHOICE (Choice screen)
    results being POSITIVE,DNA antibody is 1, PTT-LA SCREEN wa 42 high. So what could this be?

  14. carol

    Is there a doctor in Chicago or Southwest Suburbs who can help me?
    Terribly ill for 33 months with burning rashes, blotches and burning skin without them. The blotches never go away, the rashes do somewhat with hydrocortisone cream, but always come back on my arms, legs, abdomen, back of thighs, and butt. Sometimes my eyes feel like someone is sticking needles in them, and they have been red for 33 months and burning and itching. Muscle spasms, muscle twitching, burning in mouth, and bad taste. Blurred vision occasionaly, nausea, severe with occasional vomiting, dizzy. Can hardly eat or even drink much so constanly dehydrated.
    Also a feeling as if someone put ice cubes on my ears and scalp. My mouth, hands, feet and ears turn so red, I almost look purple. abdominal cramps so bad I want to die, no diarrhea. Terrible fatigue, I imagine from not eating and sleeping. Only the gastroenterologist (diagnosed with hiatal hernia, ulcer, colitis, diverticulosis, liver cysts, ovarian cyst – found during a cat scan, endoscopic, and colonoscopy) and the allergist (who said no allergy, histamine level low, no lupus or thyroid or adrenal disease,- the other doctors, and many emergency visits ended up with the same thing-
    antihistamines, steroids, tranquilizers, and antidepressants that didn’t work, and a few almost killed me. I am in agony, the pain is on a scale off 1-10 anywhere from a 3-8, most of the time 7-8.
    I am constantly in the shower for the burning, probably psychological that it works, I don’t know what to do. I do have darvocet for pain, not worth taking for mild, take it for moderate pain, knock myself out with sleeping pills for the severe. I can many days barely make it to the bathroom, so I am alone with no human contact, and rarely even get to Church, which I love dearly, or spend time with my grandchildren who are my life. The other day I could not even sit in the park for more than 15 minutes watching them. If someone can help me. The doctors, took my insurance, copays, and did nothing more than repeat blood tests that were already taken 15 times, then they send a bill for copays. I am in a living hell. Of course I am agitated, right now my scalp felt like someone stabbed me with a knife. have to get off. Please, someone help me, carol m
    Also, sometimes my whole body shakes, and my thinking is ubelievably foggy. I am in front of a fan 24 hours a day.
    While I appreciate everyone trying to answer my question, I think the point has been missed; no sarcasm intended. The answer was comparable to yes there are medcines in the pharmacy. That will do me no good. I need to know if anyone knows a specific doctor who actually listens to their patients, takes tests, and really tries to find out what is wrong, The doctors I saw, gave me pills, and told me to see a shrink. In the meantime I am getting worse. Not long ago, I was in so much pain, I was standing in the middle of my bedroom, couldn’t sit, or touch anything, the pain was so bad. , crying. had just been to the emergency room two days before. They did nothing and I had to pay cabfare home. If anyone goes to or knows such a doctor I would appreciate knowing their name. thank you. I knock myself out all day or night cause I cannot take the pain, etc. anymore. Of course I get immune to the pills, as I am now, I have not slept since I don’t know when. I can’t see straight.

  15. Sassy Stasia

    *********SEVERE KIDNEY PROBLEM PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    Severe ongoing kidney pain please help!?
    I had leukemia when I was a kid. In remission. Extensive chemotherapy for 3 years on and off. Tested for Lupus one year ago due to questionable symptoms. I know not everyone on here is a doctor but I need advice for the time being. My symptoms are severe kidney pain (right side) for AT LEAST one year now. Weird rash on hands-have to itch it with a brush and the skin peels of my fingertips and palms. I cant stand for a long time because my right kidney hurts so bad its debilitating. I know its not a joint/bone problem because I had some arthritis and RA testing done-alls well there. I cant drink soda’s, juices, milk or coffee obviously this causes severe chronic pain. Kidney hurts whenever I have to urinate-which I do as soon as I feel the urge to go. I get nauseated often but dont vomit, and when I wake up in the morning Im in severe pain its hard to even get dressed. Ive read up on the symptoms of kidney disease but I dont want to sound like a hypochondriac to my doctor when I go. Please advise-anyone know anything about these symptoms. And yes, I constantly have kidney stones that pass and regenerate, and my urine is always foul smelling and extremely clouded. Please help-thanks so much.
    53 minutes ago – 1 week left to answer.
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    Also, I always feel like Im thirsty and I always have something to drink with me. I try as often as possible to drink water. I know the pain is kidney pain because I went to the ER and they said I had kidney inflammation. The pain takes m my breath away at points and their are times when I get extremely dizzy and faint.
    50 minutes ago

    1. J. Edward Egavas

      Hi Sassy!
      I think that you already know the obvious but perhaps need a little confirmation. Girl, there are a few organs within your body that strongly affect the total health and well being of your body as a whole. You probably know already that your kidneys are one of the primary organs that does influence your health. Two things that you have mentioned caught my attention. one is the “itchy rash” on your hands. That is a sure sign of nerves and in conjunction with your kidneys; actually create agitated conditions that intensify your kidney problems. The other is the ‘foul smelling; cloudy urine. Of course this is brought on by the kidney infection ‘but’ it is a good sign that the kidneys are functioning and trying to cleanse themselves. I know this is not a time to be trying ‘old remedies’ but a few of them actually help. Most likely, you are drinking liquids that are cool or cold in temperature. The kidneys actually have to work harder at cleansing under these conditions. Try warming your liquids to slightly above body temperature (between 100* and 110*Max.). This will help. Also, in your case, please try to drink distilled water only, because; most bottled water is actually “pure tap water.” To a healthy person, this does not create consequences of any magnitude. In your case, the slightest deviations of germs or enzymes, foreign in nature, can present problems. Please also try to drink considerable amounts of nothing but water. It may be painful to begin with but it does in fact help flush out those conditions that are helping to agitate your ailment. Now, for the “Old remedies.” This one, I place quite a bit of faith in because I too have bouts with my kidneys. Honey is the only absolute pure energizing food that has zero harmful substances. It never has to be protected as it will ‘never; spoil, period! You take two tablespoons of honey in the morning and the same before you retire at night. I will personally assure you that it will make a difference in your condition in a short time.(perhaps a week or less and you will notice a change for the better) Your pains will diminish and your nausea will subside. Other than this, I am going to strongly urge you to visit a good urologist. Perhaps you feel that it is an expense that you cannot incurr at present. I am going to tell you it is an action that you must take regardless of expense. (there are assisted programs to help you if this is actually one of your problems). Sassy; You owe it to yourself to take care of this “Now” and not put it off. “If” your kidneys actually start to fail, expense will no longer be an equation to consider. It will be a mandantory action that you will be forced to take at that point. Please get on girl with what you know you must do. I will pray for you and hope for your best.

  16. Shelly H

    advice from lupus patients?
    i’ve recently been diagnosed with cutaneous lupus.
    rash all over my body…everywhere except my face pretty much
    the rash has started to itch

    doctos perscribed prednisone and plaquenil

    how long is a lupus patient normally on prednisone ??? i’m 28..work out regularly…watch what i eat….do you think i will gain much weight ????

    how long does it take for the medication to help rash…see an improvement ?????

  17. charmedgoddess23

    whats wrong with me ugh?
    okay for the past several days(since saturday) i been with diahera not all the time but here and there throughout the days, i been super fatique i been having a loss of appetite when i do eat i just feel sick i look skinnier and serve nausea. well i ate a really old bagel. that can be the first cause 2 cause i been dealing with what seems to be bed bugs in my bed and room my body always has rashes and itching i found nasty rice looking eggs. but i been noticing now that my i been having a hard time breathing(with tickle feeling in chest)i checked for wheezing no wheezing at all.. i suffer from axienty and panic attacks.i been told my heart is healthy everytime i go to doctors and complain of breathing problems. i got 1 week old kittens late saturday after i ate the bagel don’t think the kittens are causing problems because i never been told i am allergic to cats when i am around them i am fine have been all my life i am now 19. new symptom today is mild burning in eyes like dry eyes. i have been told i might have lupus or thyroid. so idk whats going on but i am not feelings well i feel so parnoid and sick in stomach and always tired. what can be going on?

  18. 420allday

    Skin rashes, joint pain, fatigue, hair loss…could I have Lupus?
    The skin rashes have been pretty much consistant over the past couple of years, and I have tried everything to see if it is allergic reaction,but cannot figure out any allergy. the red circular patches are raised and itch terribly, causing me to scratch until I bleed. My wrists and hands hurt daily, and my haior falls out in great gobs. I am always tired, which is difficult becaus ei have two small children and I am afraid that it is Lupus..but I have no insurance, therefor cannot go get tests done, or even ask my doctor…any advice?

  19. Phil Collins

    Itchy rash on eyes, mouth, armpits, and inner thighs?
    I have had a very red, itchy rash in various parts of my body for a month and a half, supposedly caused by an allergic reaction. The rash is around my eyes (upper and lower eyelids, extending to the brow ridge), around my mouth, under my left armpit, on my inner thighs, and on my left nipple. The rash is very red and has clearly defined borders. Sometimes the rash on my eyes is so swollen, I am unable to see and cannot drive to work. The rash around my mouth makes it so that when I open my mouth wide enough (to eat a sandwich or burger), the corners split open and bleed. I have been to 4 different allergists, and 2 different dermatologists, and nothing has been figured out other than that it is contact dermatitis. I have been on three rounds of prednisone, which eliminate the rash completely (but have very nasty side effects), have tried cortisone cream (did not work), and various other prescription-strength anti-itch cream (did not work). I have been on hydroxyzine, a prescription-strength antihistamine (did not work). I have eliminated all possible allergens that come into the contact with my body. I have stopped using deoderent, I switched to baby shampoo, I stopped using shaving cream, I switched to cetaphil (unsecented, hypoallergenic) body wash, and I have stopped using sunscreen. I stopped using fabric softener, I use ivory flakes laundry detergent, and have switched my bedding. I have even stayed at a different house for a week to see if the allergen was where I was living and the rash still got worse. I was blood-tested for various auto-immune diseases like lupus and the results came out negative. It seems like my doctors have all given up and want to put me on prednisone for the rest of my life to mask the symptoms but not try to figure out the problem.

  20. Lisa

    Aspartame cannot cause Lyme disease, but Lyme disease can cause fibromyalgia.

    I agree with you, aspartame is very nasty stuff. It should never have been approved for human consumption.

  21. Phil Collins

    Itchy rash around eyes, mouth, armpits, inner thighs, and nipples with unknown cause?
    I have had a very red, itchy rash in various parts of my body for a month and a half, supposedly caused by an allergic reaction. The rash is around my eyes (upper and lower eyelids, extending to the brow ridge), around my mouth, under my left armpit, on my inner thighs, and on my left nipple. The rash is very red and has clearly defined borders. Sometimes the rash on my eyes is so swollen, I am unable to see and cannot drive to work. The rash around my mouth makes it so that when I open my mouth wide enough (to eat a sandwich or burger), the corners split open and bleed. I have been to 4 different allergists, and 2 different dermatologists, and nothing has been figured out other than that it is contact dermatitis. I have been on three rounds of prednisone, which eliminate the rash completely (but have very nasty side effects), have tried cortisone cream (did not work), and various other prescription-strength anti-itch cream (did not work). I have been on hydroxyzine, a prescription-strength antihistamine (did not work). I have eliminated all possible allergens that come into the contact with my body. I have stopped using deoderent, I switched to baby shampoo, I stopped using shaving cream, I switched to cetaphil (unsecented, hypoallergenic) body wash, and I have stopped using sunscreen. I stopped using fabric softener, I use ivory flakes laundry detergent, and have switched my bedding. I have even stayed at a different house for a week to see if the allergen was where I was living and the rash still got worse. I was blood-tested for various auto-immune diseases like lupus and the results came out negative. It seems like my doctors have all given up and want to put me on prednisone for the rest of my life to mask the symptoms but not try to figure out the problem.

    Can someone offer some help? What should I do? I will pay you if you give me advice that turns out to be helpful / finds the cause. Also, please give me the names of very powerful antihistamines (perhaps experimental ones that need test subjects) or any kind of medication that is being used to treat rashes. I would prefer non-steroidal ones. I hate the side effects of prednisone and related medications.

    Thank you.
    Thank you for your prayer. I don’t know if it will help, but if it does, I will let you know.

    1. Dr.A Srivastava

      Hello,

      It looks like you have chronic hives and contact dermatitis. It is defined as urticaria that persists for longer than 6 weeks. In most of the cases of chronic urticaria, the underlying pathology is idiopathic i.e it is not linked to any cause. It is essential to rule out the presence of serious illnesses of which recurring hives can be a symptom. Examples are hepatitis, hyperthyroidism, lymphomas, collagen vascular diseases, and cancers of the rectum, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract.

      I feel that you should find out the cause of your chronic urticaria from an allergist by ruling out the various conditions causing it.

  22. Letitia L

    Could I be suffering from lupus or is this just a result of my eating disorder?
    I am in recovery from the eating disorder, and have been eating a healthy diet for the past couple of months. I used to sometimes go a few days with no food or drink, even longer with no food but still drinking, plus for about 5 months I was eating around 350 calories a day and lost 60 pounds, then more recently I would have vomited up to 10 or even sometimes 15 times per day.

    A few months ago I got a weird rash on my neck that did not itch and was not painful, it has mostly gone now but still gets worse in sunlight, and it looks like the one of the rashes associated with lupus.
    I get a lot of mouth ulcers, even though I have not vomited a lot in the last 3 months, I often get one after the other, and sometimes small clusters of 3 or four in the same spot.
    I am very sensitive to the sun and it causes my cheeks and the bridge of my nose to go very red, like the butterly rash.
    I suffer from Rayaud’s phenomenon, when I am cold my fingers go really pale, then blue, then purple, then bright red.
    I have gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
    My eyes often feel dry.
    I get pain in my joints and muscles.
    I get a lot of really painful headaches.
    I have episodes of psychosis.
    I have major depression.
    Also I get really bad fatigue.

    I am 16 years old by the way…

    I have found these to all be symptoms of lupus, but I suppose most of them really could just be as a result of my eating disorder…
    How am I supposed to tell?

  23. Chasity

    Could I have Discoid Lupus??????????
    I have had this rash on my face on and off since Jan. It is slightly painful. Does not itch. I have been staying dizzy with an upset stomach and my chest feels tight when I breath deep. ANY idea what it is? I have been too 3 hospitals and 2 dermatologist. I have been diagnosed with several things but the rash always comes back. A friend of mine said it could be discoid lupus? Could it? Any idea’s? Please help. If it will help I can email a pic to you. Just answer with your email…
    they all said that blood work can be deceiving. The last dermatologist told me there is a possibility of it.

  24. Melissa F

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

    1. Dog Rescuer

      YOU NEED A DOCTOR NOT AN ONLINE BLOG..

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

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

  25. tammy_lynn2003

    i have lupus and fibromyalgia and im diabetic,what im concerned about is this skin rash that?
    on my legs above my ankles and below my calfs and on my arms above my wrists and below my elbows.i do not use any body soaps with smells and i do not use any clothing soaps or softners with any smells or dies and i dont understand what the prob is,i stay out of the sun and i dont eat bad foods im at my witts on what this is, and as far as my house being unclean thats not a case i do not use harsh cleaing chemicals but i have noticed when i am asleep those places ive mentioned on my body sweat and then itch,so this is off,any way i need some feedback and my house does any have any fleas or bugs im very up on that

  26. Phil Collins

    Itchy rash around eyes, mouth, armpits, inner thighs, and nipples with unknown cause?
    I have had a very red, itchy rash in various parts of my body for a month and a half, supposedly caused by an allergic reaction. The rash is around my eyes (upper and lower eyelids, extending to the brow ridge), around my mouth, under my left armpit, on my inner thighs, and on my left nipple. The rash is very red and has clearly defined borders. Sometimes the rash on my eyes is so swollen, I am unable to see and cannot drive to work. The rash around my mouth makes it so that when I open my mouth wide enough (to eat a sandwich or burger), the corners split open and bleed. I have been to 4 different allergists, and 2 different dermatologists, and nothing has been figured out other than that it is contact dermatitis. I have been on three rounds of prednisone, which eliminate the rash completely (but have very nasty side effects), have tried cortisone cream (did not work), and various other prescription-strength anti-itch cream (did not work). I have been on hydroxyzine, a prescription-strength antihistamine (did not work). I have eliminated all possible allergens that come into the contact with my body. I have stopped using deoderent, I switched to baby shampoo, I stopped using shaving cream, I switched to cetaphil (unsecented, hypoallergenic) body wash, and I have stopped using sunscreen. I stopped using fabric softener, I use ivory flakes laundry detergent, and have switched my bedding. I have even stayed at a different house for a week to see if the allergen was where I was living and the rash still got worse. I was blood-tested for various auto-immune diseases like lupus and the results came out negative. It seems like my doctors have all given up and want to put me on prednisone for the rest of my life to mask the symptoms but not try to figure out the problem.

    Can someone offer some help? What should I do? I will pay you if you give me advice that turns out to be helpful / finds the cause. Also, please give me the names of very powerful antihistamines (perhaps experimental ones that need test subjects) or any kind of medication that is being used to treat rashes. I would prefer non-steroidal ones. I hate the side effects of prednisone and related medications.

    Thank you.
    I have tried benadryl – it does not work, but I am thinking it doesn’t work because of the permanence of the rash. The rash itself is very red and inflamed, and I would doubt that any single dose of anything would make it go away. I noticed that with the prednisone, the itchiness went away immediately, but the rash itself did not dry up and go away until after a few days. Also note that the rash oozes clear fluids and fills with pus occasionally, especially around the eyes.
    Apparently the blood test was comprehensive and tested for syphilis, which came out negative. I have seeked professional help (which is strange because usually one would seek professional help AFTER yahoo answers), but my doctors have disappointed me. No progress has been made in terms of finding out what is causing the rash, and I am sick of wasting my time and money seeing doctors who just prescribe prednisone and tell me to wait it out. It has been a month and a half and the rash is NOT clearing up at all.

  27. Frankie

    Lupus , Btuuerfly rash and joint pain?
    My wife has tested positive for lupus and it is a while before we can go to the doctor to get spicific treat ment for her.
    She has the butterfly rash across her face, which im told really itches, and joint pain. Is there anything we can do before we get to the doctor to make her more comfortable?

  28. blue_cow27

    What could this condition be?
    My friend has this condition where all of a sudden she’ll get a sunburn-like rash on her face, it’s bright red and looks like she’s blushing or sunburned, and it started coming up on her hands too, and her legs get stiff. The rash itches, but doesn’t hurt. She doesn’t go out in the sun, so it’s not a sunburn, and it happens randomly. Then when it’s going away, her face will get dry and hard and it will peel, and then the rash is gone like it never happened. She’s already seen the doctor about it and he has no idea what it is. Does anybody have a clue what it could be? She’s been tested for lupus and doesn’t have it.
    Read the long paragraph I wrote please…she did go to the doctor! He has no idea what it is.
    Her doctor has also ruled out eczema and psoriasis.
    She’s been tested twice for lupus and came up negative both times.

    1. tietzedet

      I was going to suggest Lupus as I have systemic. When she has a flare – blushing or sunburned looking rash have her go to the doctor and have some bloodwork done. There are other autoimmune conditions as well that can cause this – the best doctor to actual diagnose an autoimmune disease is a rhematologist.

      My diagnosis came from a pulmonary doctor – I had pneumonia and could not get rid of it – I had always suspected that I had it but it was never diagnosed. They can run an ANA profile on the blood and find it.

      I always looks red myself – it is called a butterfly rash.

  29. Chasity

    Rash on face. Please help. I really need it.?
    I have had this rash on my face on and off since Jan. It is slightly painful. Does not itch. I have been staying dizzy with an upset stomach and my chest feels tight when I breath deep. ANY idea what it is? I have been too 3 hospitals and 2 dermatologist. I have been diagnosed with several things but the rash always comes back. A friend of mine said it could be discoid lupus? Could it? Any idea’s? Please help.
    If it will help you…I can email a pic to you. Just please help.
    I have been taking benadryl

    1. Robbie

      Are you currently taking or have taken in the past any drugs or other medication for any other illness? It is possible that it could be Discoid Lupus, however sometimes this can be triggered by drugs or even environment. If you could email a picture I might be able to make a clearer analysis. 🙂

  30. Chasity

    Please help. I really need it. Rash on face…?
    I have had this rash on my face on and off since Jan. It is slightly painful. Does not itch. I have been staying dizzy with an upset stomach and my chest feels tight when I breath deep. ANY idea what it is? I have been too 3 hospitals and 2 dermatologist. I have been diagnosed with several things but the rash always comes back. A friend of mine said it could be discoid lupus? Could it? Any idea’s? Please help. If it will help I can email a pic to you. Just answer with your email…

  31. Stace!

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

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

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

    1. Allison

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

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

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

  32. Kaye00

    Butterfly rash and itch? Lupus?
    Hi. I have been recently diagnosed with lupus, and I have a butterfly rash that itches. I was wondering if this is normal since I have read that they are not supposed to itch. Also, how do you take care of your rash with lotions and facewash? My doc. told me to wear sunscreen. Many thanks.

  33. Chasity

    Confused. Rash on Face. No idea what it is…?
    I have had this rash on my face on and off since Jan. It is slightly painful. Does not itch. I have been staying dizzy with an upset stomach and my chest feels tight when I breath deep. ANY idea what it is? I have been too 3 hospitals and 2 dermatologist. I have been diagnosed with several things but the rash always comes back. A friend of mine said it could be discoid lupus? Could it? Any idea’s? Please help. If it will help I can email a pic to you.

  34. Pseudo Nym

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

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

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

    Advice please!

    1. 2blest2Bstrest

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

      Blessings

  35. Butterflied

    rosacea question>?
    im pretty sure i have this.
    my doc is a quack and it does frustrate me.
    he never said anything about rosacea to me either.

    younger i had red cheeks almost resembling sunburn then it went away for about 2 yrs i have this rash(red/pink bumps) located on my cheek near my nose.
    i think thats where it started as i seen a streak almost like a vein,it itched but the rash did not,then about 4 days ago my rash flared up and began to itch.i put benzoyl peroxxide gel on which seemed to help but made my face in an all around pink splotch.

    my doc said it may be lupus which was the only thing he said ,test came back negative,he prescribed me steriod cream…which i googled and it can do more damage then good,and yes it cleared up the bumps but the redness still there.

    no i have to be my own doctor and i need suggestions?please help

    1. Dinty Moore

      If this is rosacea benzoyl is not a bad try but it can be drying and irritating as well. Metronidazole gel is very effective if you use it for 2-3 weeks and oral tetracycline for severe cases or flares. Pay attention to diet, caffeine, alcohol and exposure to extremes of cold or heat. Use antibacterial soap twice a day but pat dry. Try a new doc or referral to a dermatologist. It sounds like you have no faith in him which is bad.

  36. agonisticstudent

    Lupus and Sudden appearence of rash – cause for concern?
    I am a 20 year old female diagnosed with SLE (Lupus) and woke up this morning with rash over most of my body which is also spreading. It has not affected my arms or hands so far and has leveled off now but is still spreading onto my face. The rush does not itch at all, but my face feels slightly sore/wound and my ears are quite red and hot. I do however not have a proper fever only a very slightly elevated temperature. I have not eaten anything noone else ate (and no one else has any problems) or worn any new cloth/new body cream/new perfume or anything which might easily cause a reaction.
    How likely is this to be caused by my lupus? Is this serious reason for concern or probably a rather benign symptom? Would it likely to be an isolated incident or rather a new symptom which might occur a lot from now on? What are the potential treatements and how long would it take for the rash to wear of?

    Many thanks to anyone

    1. Linda R

      It could be lupus. Even those of us with SLE get weird rashes.

      Lupus patients often feel feverish or actually run fevers for periods of time.

      When in doubt always call your rheumy. When people have acute medical issues like a broken leg or strep throat, they follow doctors orders and that’s it. When you have a chronic illness like lupus, you and your doctor become partners in your lifelong health care. Give the rheumatologist a call.

  37. Anonymous

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

    1. Linda R

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

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

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

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

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

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

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