Archive for April, 2010

Can Stress Cause Hives: Does Our Mind Effect Our Body

Hives can appears suddenly and without warning. A hives rash is accompanied with an intense feeling of itchiness it can turn a bright red color quite rapidly. Other terms are wheals, or plaques. They, oftentimes, appear as pale red bumps. They might range in size from the size of a pencil tip up [...]

Baby Eczema Images: Infant Cases Can Be Mild to Severe

When red, scaly patches show up on your infant’s skin, you can get nervous because you are unsure what is happening. You rush to the doctor or dermatologist, wanting an answer for the skin damage your child is experiencing. There are various skin ailments that plague young children. Their skin is so sensitive that [...]

Norwegian Scabies

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are often settings where a case of mites progresses into Norwegian scabies. Often with a normal case there are only up to ten mites on the body or so. However, there can be hundreds on the body with Norwegian scabies

What Does a Lupus Rash Look Like

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Lupus comes with many different types of symptoms and one of the most prevalent rash eruptions. The “butterfly rash” spans across the face, just beneath the eyes, on the cheeks, and on the bridge of the nose. It got its name for obvious reasons. This rash can be in two forms flat or risen. The color can range from light to bright red and be a concern to the patient.

Another form of a lupus rash is called the discoid rash. This rash or lesion can be quite flaky and round in appearance, with a similar look to a coin. They are raised and typically come in patches. The discoid rash can appear anywhere on the body, but generally are found on or around the neck, chest, head or face. They can also have a scaled surface and can result in scars. Patients often complain that the rash is itchy and irritating, causing sensitivity.

The third type of lupus rash is the subacute cutaneous lesion. This rash is coined shaped, just as the discoid rash, but it does not leave behind any scars on the patient. The subacute cutaneous lesion is extremely photo sensitive. Patients are advised to refrain from as much ultraviolent rays as possible; as this causes the rash to worsen. This can include long periods of exposure to unshielded florescent lighting; make sure that they have a plastic cover. Diffusers can be purchased for in home use if the light causes any problems. Doctors will frequently suggest that lupus patients use at least a lotion with a SPF of 60 or more when going out in the sun. This limitation for being outdoors during summer months can be a difficulty for many with this condition resulting in depressed moods.

Lesions or rashes can also appear in other forms such as warts or a raised type rash on other areas of the body that is usually bright red, but without the scaling or chance of scars. Often with any of these rashes the hair follicles can become plugged and some see hair loss resulting.

Biopsies can offer some insight to doctors; it can disclose what type of lupus the patient has in order to make a correct diagnosis and if a lesion will leave a scar. This is helpful if a patient has lost any hair in the area. If a scar is not seen then medications can be provided to return hair growth.
Lupus diagnostic testing is tricky. Results of tests can give a positive on one day, then a negative; the next day. A physician has to access the patient’s medical history, close family history, current symptoms along with any current lab results. Unfortunately, doctors are unsure as to how a person gets lupus; although it is believed by some to be hereditary.

Around two thirds of those who have a form of lupus will also have a rash. What a lupus rash looks like will vary from patient to patient. It is highly recommended that if you or someone close to you suspects lupus to visit a doctor immediately for testing. It is possible to live with lupus and many do, but it presents challenges and lifestyle adjustments.

Hives Treatment: Managing the Rash

Hives are the way your skin can react to allergies, irritations, stress, or emotional distress. Cells start to release histamines, and they make the blood vessels seep out fluid into the deep layers of your skin. The welts that occur are often extremely itchy, and they may fade away in minutes, hours, or usually within a couple of days.

Sun Allergy Rash: How to Enjoy the Outdoors

What is skin allergy rash? There are several types of skin allergies, and they all may look a little different. But a sun allergy in itself is a reaction of the immune system that occurs when skin is exposed to sunlight, and in extreme cases even fluorescent lighting

Itching Without a Rash: What Can It Be

When your skin is itchy and breaks out in a rash, it is easier for a doctor to diagnosis which skin condition you have. However, if you have skin that is itching without a rash present it is more difficult to determine the cause

Happy Easter and Passover: Pep Talk for Rash Sufferers

I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter celebration as well as Passover. Also, it is a good time to gain perspective for people with chronic rash problem as it can be discouraging to deal with a skin condition that doesn’t seem to improve. First of all, most rashes are not life threatening. That is [...]