Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that manifests when the body’s immune system starts to attack its own tissues and organs. The inflammation that results from lupus can affect several areas throughout the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart and lungs.

Lupus is far more often observed in women than in men but no clear connection for this observation has been discerned. There are four types of lupus in existence these are: systemic lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus and neonatal lupus. Of the types mentioned, systemic lupus erythematosus is by far the most prevalent and serious form of lupus.

The prognosis for people with this disease was very poor in the past however improvements in the diagnosis and treatment methods implemented for lupus has significantly enhanced the likelihood of surviving with the condition. Once the disease is treated most people with the disease can lead regular lives.

Because it is an autoimmune disease, it not only attacks foreign substances that may enter the body, such as bacteria and viruses, but also triggers the immune system to attack healthy tissue. As said before this brings about inflammation and consequential injury to different sections of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and brain.
It is not yet known what causes the disease, like other autoimmune diseases it is a mystery. It is theorized that it is the result of a combination of factors, most notably, the patient’s genes and the environment. Some experts also believe that a person may inherit a predisposition to lupus, but not the actual disease itself. Instead, people with this probable inherited predisposition for the disease may only develop the condition when they make some form of contact with something in the environment that may induce lupus, including some types of medication or a virus.

The disease does not always develop in the same way for all individuals who are plagued by the disease . Signs and symptoms may materialize suddenly or develop over time. They may be mild or severe, and may be transient with fluctuating periods of the associated symptoms or permanent. Most people affected by lupus have a mild form of the disease characterized by episodes which are deemed flares when signs and symptoms are worsened for a short period, then improve or even disappear entirely for some time.
The signs and symptoms of lupus that an individual will experience will greatly depend on the areas of the body that are affected by the condition. However the more regular signs and symptoms may include any of the following:

Memory loss
Weight loss or gain
Fingers and toes that turn white or blue during exposure to cold or during stressful periods. This is called Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
Butterfly-shaped rash or malar rash on the face that covers sections of the cheeks and the bridge of the nose
Skin lesions that appear and are actually worsened by sun exposure
Mouth sores
Hair loss (alopecia)
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Dry eyes
Easy bruising

Once an individual develops an unexplained rash, ongoing fever, persistent aching or fatigue, he or she should consult a doctor to rule out the possibility that it could be lupus.

Once a person has been diagnosed with lupus, he or she should have regular consultations with a doctor so that the condition can be treated and monitored effectively. Also any new symptoms should be looked on immediately.

3 thoughts on “Lupus Malar Rash Symptoms

  1. House, almost MD

    I don’t really see any appreciable rash on your face in any of those photos. If you think you might be getting lupus, go get the blood tests for it to make sure you are not in the early stages. Based on what you have said so far, I am confident that you do not meet the diagnostic criteria for lupus. However, it is definitely something you should keep an eye on and if you have other bothersome symptoms you should go to the doctor and get tested for lupus since you have a family history.

  2. Anonymous

    i think i have lupus, but how do i ask my doctor?
    i have an aunt with systematic lupus so i know what it is and what the symptoms are, i am sure i have it too, i have everything she has and sometimes worse than hers, ive had the discoid lupus rash since i was 12 but when i went to the dermatologist he looked at it for like a second and decided it was impatigo, i was in his office for less than a minute, even though i was in waiting room for over 2 hours which is wrong in so many ways >.< it continues to come back but everytime they just give me antibiotics and send me on my way. i went to a GP and told her i thought i had lupus and she told me not to self diagnose, i was told all my symptoms could be explained by mental and physical stress and anemia, i should relax and rest when my joints hurt. she was quite mean and it upset me, she treated me like a hypochondriac. i havent wanted to bring it up again and i dont go to the doctors with relating symptoms anymore because they flick through my history and tell me its stress again or try to make me eat more iron. i am a very laid back person and i do no physical exertion to make my joints like this either. its gotten to the point where im ill more than i am healthy and i can bearly get out of bed in the mornings. now im an adult its pathetic, but every time i go to the doctor i feel really young and insignificant again. i really need help with this as im moving out of my mums house in a few months and will be on my own,, how do i make the doctor test me for lupus without me demanding it? i need for them to come to it on their own conclusion, when i go into that little room my head goes completely blank and i turn very monosyllabic and everything i meant to say doesnt come out. ive tried to show them the malar rash but by the time i get to the appointment its gone >.< anyone have any solutions to help me??

    1. Anonymous

      I am sorry for the experience you have had with these doctors. I am going to school now to be a doctor and it is stories like yours that helps with driving me toward this. In my opinion the doctors should have investigated this. It is their job to increase your quality of life.

      I think that you should first of all not go back to where you were treated with such poor service. If your doctor does not have time for you, well don’t make time for him. Go see someone else.

      Maybe you could write down your symptoms that you are experiencing, so that you can get all of the information to the doctor. There are tests that can be ran to determine if you have a autoimmune deficiency, and I think that they are relatively easy to do.

      Again I am sorry for your poor treatment. You know your body better than anyone else, and if you are worried that something is wrong it does not need to be discarded. If going somewhere else and you are treated this way again then I believe you should demand that you are tested. If it does not come out right when you are there then I would call for an appointment strictly to be tested for lupus.

      Your quality of life should be their number one priority. I am tired of hearing stories of doctors that dismiss their patients in this way.

      Oh yeah maybe you could take a picture of the rash too when it does come about, but really you should not have too. I’m sure your eyes are perfectly fine and you probably have a very accurate visual image of it as well.

      Anyway I hope you get help with this and think you for another story of why I want to be a doctor. I am going to go study now, so I can be an advocate for you and others.

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