What does a lupus skin flare look like?
A tell-tale sign of lupus is a butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and bridge of the nose. Other common skin problems include sensitivity to the sun with flaky, red spots or a scaly, purple rash on various parts of the body, including the face, neck, and arms. Some people also develop mouth sores.
Does lupus cause skin problems?
Cutaneous lupus (skin lupus) can cause irritating and unsightly rashes. Untreated, these rashes can cause long-term damage, such as permanent hair loss, scarring and skin discoloration. Some types of cutaneous lupus can develop into skin cancer.
How do you treat skin lupus?
Medicines that dermatologists prescribe to treat lupus on the skin include:
- Corticosteroid that you apply to your skin or take as a pill: This helps to reduce the inflammation and clear the skin.
- Corticosteroid that your dermatologist injects: This can help clear a thick patch on the skin or area of hair loss.
What are the symptoms of skin lupus?
Lupus facial rash
- Joint pain, stiffness and swelling.
- Butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose or rashes elsewhere on the body.
- Skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure.
- Fingers and toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods.
What foods trigger lupus flare ups?
Alfalfa and garlic are two foods that probably shouldn’t be on your dinner plate if you have lupus. Alfalfa sprouts contain an amino acid called L-canavanine. Garlic contains allicin, ajoene, and thiosulfinates, which can send your immune system into overdrive and flare up your lupus symptoms.
Does lupus rash ever go away?
It is typically in the shape of a circle or disk. The rash may last a few days or several years. It can go away for a while and then come back. Sometimes CLE can cause sores in the mouth or nose.
How do you calm a lupus rash?
To treat this rash, your doctor may prescribe a topical anti-inflammatory immunosuppressant cream such as pimecrolimus (Elidel) or tacrolimus (Protopic).
Will lupus rash go away?
The rash may last a few days or several years. It can go away for a while and then come back. Sometimes CLE can cause sores in the mouth or nose. Drug-induced lupus is caused by a reaction to certain long-term prescription medicines.