I went to the Dermatologist on Thursday. She said that my rashes are consistent with Lupus but that there wasn’t anything she could biopsy, since they come and go relatively quickly (as opposed to scabbing, scarring, or turning into sores). My rashes have a life of their own all the time. They’re always red. Sometimes they’re blotchy. They’re never raised, but are sometimes accompanied by joint swelling. Sometimes they itch, sometimes they burn, sometimes they sting, sometimes they tingle, and sometimes they feel like nothing at all. Sometimes they’re over joints, sometimes not. Sometimes they come on when I’m stressed, or when it’s hot. Sometimes they come on at the same time as a migraine. Sometimes they seem to appear from lying down. Sometimes they come on when I feel I’ve over-exerted myself. Sometimes they come on for no reason at all.
And your typical Lupus “butterfly” rash. It usually feels hot, and sometimes it’s itchy. It comes on when I’m stressed, sick, too hot, menstrual, over-exerted, in pain, and for no reason. I have some form of this rash all the time now.