The quick answer to your question is "NO". But, let me give you some information to help you understand. There are many symptoms of lupus. One of the most common is a rash on the face, which can be confused with rosacea. In lupus, the facial rash is called a Malar rash. The malar rash is a redness or rash that may appear in a butterfly configuration across the nose and cheeks. It can appear on one or both sides of the face and is usually flat. In rosacea, the rash does not have the butterfly configuration. Your question is a common one, so I'm going to try to distinguish between the two conditions:
LUPUS MALAR RASH:
The lupus butterfly rash may be one of the first signs that you may have lupus. This rash is characterized by a butterfly-shaped red rash that extends over the bridge of the nose and the cheeks. The rash may be flat or raised. The malar rash often appears or gets worse after sun exposure (photosensitivity) or stress that causes an increase in the circulation to the skin.
Sometimes the lupus butterfly rash appears on other parts of the body as well, usually on the trunk, arms or legs. The malar rash normally is itch-free and painless, although it may itch and cause a burning sensation. Sometimes the malar rash accompanies a flare (an active state of lupus). The malar rash may be the first sign of lupus, the sign that lupus is entering an active phase or it may actually cause the disease to attack other tissues in the body.
The lupus butterfly rash can be as mild as a slight blush-like rash to a severe, scaly rash. The butterfly rash may also be short lived, or it may last for many months. The reason the malar rash is shaped like a butterfly is because it follows the angle that the UV rays land on the skin. The malar rash is caused by a malfunctioning immune system, which causes the body to attack healthy tissues in the skin.
Rosacea is clinically defined as a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling, primarily on the face. Rosacea usually varies in severity, and manifests in episodes of flushing and inflammation of the affected areas. The common rosacea symptoms include:
* Flushing - frequent blushing or flushing is sometimes the first sign of this disease. This facial redness may come and go.
* Persistent Redness – this is the most common rosacea symptom. It is like having a blush or sunburn that will not go away. This may be more noticeable when smiling, frowning, or squinting. Application of cleansers, cosmetics, or moisturizers may increase the irritation. It is this redness that causes the confusion and causes patients to ask is rosacea a symptom of lupus.
* Bumps and Pimples - Bumps or pimples on the skin, either small and solid (papules) or pus-filled (pustules). This may resemble acne though blackheads are absent. Burning or stinging may occur. This is commonly referred to as acne rosacea.
* Visible Blood Vessels - Red lines (telangiectasia) in the face caused by enlarged blood vessels.
As you can see, rosacea and lupus rashes are very different. So Rosacea is not a symptom of lupus. Rosacea and lupus both can cause a red rash on the face, but the rashes are very different. The rosacea rash can be all over the face, while the lupus rash is normally seen in the butterfly pattern. Hope this helps.
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