What Does Lupus Rash Look Like?

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Hello, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a common autoimmune disease. It is characterized by involvement of multiple systems and organ dysfunction. There are many kinds of autoantibodies (especially anti-nuclear antibodies) in serum. The manifestations of skin and mucosa are various, and can be divided into two categories: specificity and non-specificity. Specific lesions included butterfly erythema, subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus and discoid erythema. (2) Non-specific lesions included photoallergy, alopecia, oral ulcer, dermatovasculitis (purpura), pigmentation (sedation or loss), reticular cyanosis, Reynolds phenomenon, urticarial rash, and rare lupus panniculitis or deep lupus erythematosus and bullous lupus erythematosus. The etiology of the disease has not yet been confirmed. A large number of studies have shown that heredity, endocrine, infection, immune abnormalities and some environmental factors are related to the pathogenesis of the disease.
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SLE is more common in women than men. It may occur at any age. However, it appears most often in people between the ages of 15 and 44. The disease affects African Americans and Asians more than people from other races.
Symptoms vary from person to person, and may come and go. Everyone with SLE has joint pain and swelling at some time. Some develop arthritis. SLE often affects the joints of the fingers, hands, wrists, and knees.
Other common symptoms include:
1.Chest pain when taking a deep breath.
3.Fever with no other cause.
4.General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling (malaise).
5.Hair loss.
6.Weight loss.
7.Mouth sores.
8.Sensitivity to sunlight.
9.Skin rash: A "butterfly" rash develops in about half the people with SLE. The rash is mostly seen over the cheeks and bridge of the nose. It can be widespread. It gets worse in sunlight.
10.Swollen lymph nodes.
Other symptoms depend on which part of the body is affected:
1.Brain and nervous system: Headaches, numbness, tingling, seizures, vision problems, and personality changes
2.Digestive tract: Abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting
3.Heart: Valve problems, inflammation of heart muscle
4.Lung: Buildup of fluid in the pleural space, difficulty breathing
5.Skin: Patchy skin color and fingers that change color when cold (Raynaud phenomenon)
6.Kidney: Swelling in the legs
Some people have only skin symptoms. This is called discoid lupus.

There is no cure for SLE. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms. Severe symptoms that involve the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs often need treatment from specialists.
Mild forms of the disease may be treated with:
1.NSAIDs for joint symptoms and pleurisy. Talk to your provider before taking these medicines.
2.Low doses of corticosteroids, such as prednisone, for skin and arthritis symptoms.
3.Corticosteroid creams for skin rashes.
4.Hydroxychloroquine, a medicine also used to treat malaria.
5.Belimumab, a biologic medicine, may be helpful in some people.
Treatments for more severe SLE may include:
1.High-dose corticosteroids.
2.Immunosuppressive medicines (these medicines suppress the immune system). These medicines are used if you do not get better with corticosteroids, or if your symptoms get worse when you stop taking them.
3.Most commonly used medicines include mycophenolate, azathioprine and cyclophosphamide. Because of its toxicity, cyclophosphamide is limited to a short course of 3 to 6 months. Rituximab (Rituxan) is used in some cases as well.
4.Blood thinners, such as Coumadin, for clotting disorders.
If you have SLE, it is also important to:
1.Wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen when in the sun.
2.Get preventive heart care.
3.Stay up-to-date with immunizations.
4.Have tests to screen for thinning of the bones (osteoporosis).
5.Avoid tobacco and drink minimal amounts of alcohol.
Mine usually attacks my feet and legs 1st. Redness and irritation develop in to a sandpaper texture. It also now hits my arms ( elbows down) and bridges my nose and cheeks
It is important to determine whether there is any other organ involvement, such as the kidneys, the bone marrows, etc. Treatment for lupus depends on your signs and symptoms. Determining whether your signs and symptoms should be treated and what medications to use requires a careful discussion of the benefits and risks with your doctor. As your signs and symptoms flare and subside, you and your doctor may find that you'll need to change medications or dosages. The medications most commonly used to control lupus include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as naproxen sodium (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), may be used to treat pain, swelling and fever associated with lupus. Stronger NSAIDs are available by prescription. Side effects of NSAIDs include stomach bleeding, kidney problems and an increased risk of heart problems.

Antimalarial drugs. Medications commonly used to treat malaria, such as hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), affect the immune system and can help decrease the risk of lupus flares. Side effects can include stomach upset and, very rarely, damage to the retina of the eye. Regular eye exams are recommended when taking these medications.

Corticosteroids. Prednisone and other types of corticosteroids can counter the inflammation of lupus. High doses of steroids such as methylprednisolone (A-Methapred, Medrol) are often used to control serious disease that involves the kidneys and brain. Side effects include weight gain, easy bruising, thinning bones (osteoporosis), high blood pressure, diabetes and increased risk of infection. The risk of side effects increases with higher doses and longer term therapy.

Immunosuppressants. Drugs that suppress the immune system may be helpful in serious cases of lupus. Examples include azathioprine (Imuran, Azasan), mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) and methotrexate (Trexall). Potential side effects may include an increased risk of infection, liver damage, decreased fertility and an increased risk of cancer.

Biologics. A different type of medication, belimumab (Benlysta) administered intravenously, also reduces lupus symptoms in some people. Side effects include nausea, diarrhea and infections. Rarely, worsening of depression can occur.

Rituximab (Rituxan) can be beneficial in cases of resistant lupus. Side effects include allergic reaction to the intravenous infusion and infections.
A manifested symptom of lupus is a butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and the nose. Further, it is common to see large areas of flaky, red spots or a scaly, purple rash on skin that is exposed to the sun, which includes the face, neck and arms.

Some of the burns feel itching while others not. Still, there tends to be a swelling and fluid accumulation in the joints. In addition, urticaria that lasts for more than 24 hours will also occur in about 10% of people who have lupus.