How Long Does A Lupus Butterfly Rash Last? Can It Look Like A Sunburn And Go Away In A Day?


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Ian John answered
A Lupus Butterfly rash is a rash that appears across the bridge of the nose and across the cheeks. The name comes from the resemblance to the shape of a butterfly that the rash forms on a person's face. This rash is the classic symptoms of lupus. It can appear as no more than a mild blush but can also resemble the intense redness of sunburn.

Not all people who have lupus present this symptoms. Only around 45 to 65 per cent of patients with lupus develop a rash. It is very rare that people with lupus show the exact same combination of symptoms but here is a full list of possible symptoms that you can look out for.

Symptoms of lupus can include aches and pains in the joints or muscles, a permanent rash over the cheeks, headaches or migraines, rashes from UV or sunlight, flu-like symptoms, extreme fatigue or weakness, night sweats, kidney problems, hair loss, sudden weight gain or loss, oral or nasal ulcers, depression, inflammation of tissues covering internal organs (this symptom is associated with chest or abdominal pain), swollen glands, poor circulation in the fingers and toes causing them to turn white and then blue upon exposure to the cold and haematological disorders including anaemia.

It is common for people to experience four or five of the above symptoms, although some people might find that other symptoms come and go which is also normal for lupus. However, the two major symptoms of lupus appear to be aches and pains in muscles or joins and extreme fatigue or weakness. If you feel either of these two symptoms along with any others mentioned above and have not been diagnosed with lupus then you should see your Doctor and express your concerns who will be able to examine you, run tests if necessary and give you a proper diagnosis and then treatment.
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Anonymous answered
Butterfly rash or malar rash is one of the sign of Lupus erythematosus.It is red, flat facial rash over the bridge of the nose. Not all the patients of lupus show this symptom. This rash is present in 45-65% patients of lupus. This rash closely resemble with rash due to sunburn and rosacea. Lupus butterfly rash does not cause itching and or pain. Conditions become worst under sunlight due to photosensitivity.
Lupus butterfly rash does not go away in one day. It can rake few days. You can avoid this by less exposure to direct sunlight, use of sunscreen of SPF at least 15 and
covering up with sun-protective clothing.
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Samantha Glass
Samantha Glass commented
Thank you for your answer. That pretty much describes the rash I have been getting throughout the summer, even though I haven't been getting that much sun exposure. I'm getting bloodwork and other test done to check for lupus. I'm pretty concerned and trying to learn as much as I can about lupus. Thank you!

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