View Full Version : Not yet diagnosed..is this a malar rash?

03-01-2012, 06:55 PM
4546Hi all,

I haven't been to a specialist yet, but have been exhibiting a ton of the symptoms of Lupus (it runs heavily on my fathers side of the family as well). I'm getting antsy waiting (but glad to finally know what has been going on!).

I have been reading about the trademark butterfly rash, and wondered if this looks like a malar rash? (feel like my husband thinks I'm a hypochondriac sometimes :) ) I won't take your opinions to heart, but just maybe looking for someone to make me feel not so crazy.

03-02-2012, 06:57 AM
Looks similar to what I get when I'm in my office (fluorecsent lights) or outside too long. It may or may not be, you'll defiently have to show these pictures to the rheumatologist if you don't have it while you're in seeing him. ANYTHING involving a rash of any sort, take pictures of in case it's not there in time for your appt. When I showed my 'butterfly rash' the PCP didn't think it was the malar rash but did diagnose me with a Lupus/Scleroderma overlap. Just make sure you are documenting EVERYTHING for your appt. I literally walked into mine with a full sheet of detailed symptoms and a whole photo album in my iPhone to go along with it. It's hard to predict any auto-immune disease and chances are you'll end up looking all better and feeling great by the time of your appt. haha! Then the day after you'll start another flare! Ain't in funny that it always wworks out that way??!

PS, don't worry about you're hubby. All the women here who have been diagnosed for a while end up having very supportive and understanding husbands (for the most part I think LOL). My live-in boyfriend had been sort of acting like that towards me. When I got my dianosis, he wasn't as 'sensitive' to me as I wanted and I took it hard. But afer a good 'ole long talk with momma I realized he's scared too and it's going to be hard for him to come to terms with it as well. Men just take things differently lol

03-02-2012, 10:11 PM
hi sylver,
i wanted to say welcome.
i cannot comment on the rash, as i dont get them.

Ellie Hansen
03-12-2012, 06:37 AM
Hi Sylver,
This looks similar to what i have too. I currently still work in an office *crossing my fingers that I can still keep it up * and I get that type of rash on my cheeks. Luckily, since I'm in my own office and not a cube, I can turn the lights off and I use a lamp that I brought in from home and I use a curtain to cover up a panel window next the door of my office. I explained to my employers why I do this and how the fluorecscent lighting affects my skin and they seem to be fine with it for now. So far so good!