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Old 06-07-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
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One month ago, a rash developed on my neck, at the same time I had a flare-up of alopecia areata. The rash has gone from my neck to my truck to my arms to my hands and down my stomach to my legs and is now on my knees. My dermatologist gave me steroid ointment, which has not helped the itching at all. Sometimes I scratch until I bleed. Does lupus rash itch like this?

 
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:48 PM   #2
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One month ago, a rash developed on my neck, at the same time I had a flare-up of alopecia areata. The rash has gone from my neck to my truck to my arms to my hands and down my stomach to my legs and is now on my knees. My dermatologist gave me steroid ointment, which has not helped the itching at all. Sometimes I scratch until I bleed. Does lupus rash itch like this?
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The rash I experience is different then the one you have mine stays on my cheeks, but itches like all get out and yes would love at times to just peel my skin off to stop the itching. The cream my family Doctor gave me actually does help a bit with the iching, definately let your doctor know it is not helping maybe there is another kind they can try you on.. always ask for samples before paying the price of a full tube to make sure it will work first.

 
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Re: lupus rash

Hi. I think in the lupus reading I've done, I've seen only two rashes described as itchy: lupus urticaria & solar urticaria.

From the name, one would guess that "solar urticaria" is triggered by sun.

Dr. Wallace writes in his lupus hardcover that 10% of people with SLE develop hives at some point. Most of the time, the cause is something else, he says, and points out that lupus patients have more allergies than the general population. (I assume he means foods, drugs, plants, etc.?) Then he mentions something called "lupus urticaria" as a 2nd but RARE possibility. Treatments include antihistamines, antiserotonin drugs, and steroids.

I've seen run-of-the-mill hives caused by strawberries: they were weltlike, not what I'd call a "rash". I have no idea what these other "urticarias" look like---obviously only a doctor could say! FYI, I think I've read that steroid creams can thin the skin, dry it out & cause MORE itching. So if topicals aren't working, I hope your drs. can do something else ASAP. Good luck! from Vee
P.S. There'd be MANY itchy rashes unrelated to lupus, eczema, for example. I used to get a form of it on my hands, contact dermatitis, from cleaning products.

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Re: lupus rash

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One month ago, a rash developed on my neck, at the same time I had a flare-up of alopecia areata. The rash has gone from my neck to my truck to my arms to my hands and down my stomach to my legs and is now on my knees. My dermatologist gave me steroid ointment, which has not helped the itching at all. Sometimes I scratch until I bleed. Does lupus rash itch like this?
Mine has only stayed on my face; across my nose - the"wolf" rash used as one of the criterias of Lupus.

If I had other rashes, I'd go to a health food store, as they have many all natural creams for rashes, with NO chemicals that could make it worse.

e.g. we have poison ivy/oak all over our property, and hubby uses an all natural one that works great. Try to stay away from drugs/chemicals.

 
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Re: lupus rash

P.S. check any of your products you use in your bath.....lotions you put on your body, etc. You may be allergic to that as well. Even shampoos, conditioners, etc., etc.

 
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