As with most auto-immune conditions...once you have one, all of the atuo-immune relatives just want to jump on board. Livedo reticularis (aka:vasculitis racemosa, livedo racemosa, and livedo annularis), is an autoimmune skin disorder that causes a mottled, purple skin discoloration. Livedo reticularis is known to occur with Lupus as well as other auto-immune diseases such as: autoimmune hemolytic anemia, polyarteritis nodosa, dermatomyositis, rheumatoid arthritis cold agglutinin syndrome, cryoglobulinemia, vasculitis, and antiphospholipid syndrome.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment for livedo reticularis. Rewarming the skin may reverse the discoloration although eventually the capillaries may become permanently dilated and the condition can result in permanent discoloration.
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