Re: Another question about rash?
Chillip, in addition to two lupus-specific rashes (a lot of SCLE annular & a tiny bit of discoid), I've had numerous OTHER skin problems that weren't lupus-related. I bet many of us with autoimmunes have extremely touchy skin---we seem born to it!
One question might be, do you see any correlation to sun? If not, then maybe it IS just dry skin that can occur in winter---or maybe from soap, or from meds. (Speaking of which, do you take Plaquenil? It can cause skin eruptions in rare cases.)
But if your rash recurs AND you're starting a new flare at the same time, then that could be a sign your rash is autoimmune-related.
I'm in the anti-Ro subgroup of lupus, the same autoantibody seen in Sjogren's. I was told that the two "SCLE" lupus rashes correlate heavily with anti-Ro: SCLE annular form, and SCLE psoriasiform. If your rash keeps recurring, those are two you could ask about...
Hope this helps some. Are you feeling better? Best wishes, Vee