Follow the link... http://www.healthy-skin-guide.com/ro...-of-lupus.html.
I have malar rash, it wasn't ever diagnosed as rosacea. Probably because all other test and symptoms assisted in my diagnose....but note there are distinguishing visible difference...read the link above.
To confirm a diagnose they can do a skin biopsy, where they remove skin, using a small, about 1/4 " punch out to find the pathology of your skin. After removing a stitch or two maybe required. I've had two done prior and both times and ensured the stitches were done.
Biopsy for Lupus are usually done in areas that are exposed to the sun...face, forearm.
I would opt for this biopsy as a last result...there are other test to rule in, rule out Lupus as Furry has mention a few. The others are..
o Complete blood count (CBC)
o Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
o Blood chemistry
o Complement levels
o Antinuclear antibody test (ANA)
o Other autoantibody tests (anti-DNA, anti-Sm, anti-RNP, anti-Ro [SSA], anti-La [SSB])
o Anticardiolipin antibody test
and in conjunction with your symptoms, a diagnose may or may not be made as this is only apart of the diagnose criteria that was set into place by the ACR. Are you aware of the 4 out of 11 criteria...would you like me to post them? Or go to this posting...following the link...
Hope this helps...
Keep looking for your wellness..
I have Lupus. So *^#@! what.