"Brown" butterfly rash?

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   Posted 6/21/2012 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I went to my neurologist today and was telling her about my symptoms (I made a topic here a while back - not that it was all that earth shattering) and I mentioned the brown spots on my cheeks and nose. They are the color of freckles, and they are on my mid to upper cheeks and along the front of my nose. They may be the color or freckles, but they are bigger and blotchier. One person (not medical) told me that they look like the spots you get when you have spent too much of your life in the sun. To me, they look like spilled latte. Anyway, my neurologist said that if they were not brown, she would say that it looked like a butterfly rash, but she was hesitant to say so because she had never seen one that was brown before.

So I was wondering. Has anyone here ever heard of a butterfly rash that was not red or pink? I am not quite sure what to think. Also, these "spots" all came at once. I hardly had any kink of coloration on my face, other than the occasional blush until Feb when all these symptoms started. Now I have tan blotches everywhere.

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   Posted 6/21/2012 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never heard of brown butterfly rash. But then my lupus rash look like tiny blood spots all over my face.
So in my opinion, anything is possible with lupus.

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   Posted 6/21/2012 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hemochromatosis is an hereditary iron overload problem.  "Bronzing" of the skin is one of the symptoms.  Other symptoms kind of mirror a variety of autoimmune disorders, so it's another sneaky and easily missed diagnosis.  The excess iron can result in a wide range of problems over time, including arthritis, fatigue, liver disease and many other  serious conditions and problems.  If discovered, the treatment is straightforward and further damage is halted.  It is genetic - with higher occurence in those of Euro/Celtic ancestry.
I have no idea if the "bronzing" of the skin would relate at all to the specific color and pattern you describe.  If you Google Hemochromatosis, you will find lots of info on it.  I'm beginning to think all of us with rheumatic conditions ought to be screened for it - which is easily enough done, just isn't done routinely. 

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   Posted 6/24/2012 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
@licysgd - I looked up the symptoms and some are similar to what I am feeling, but not all Also, the browning is isolated to my face. From what I read, that bronzes you everywhere. I have tried to take a picture of it, but I can't seem to get the camera to capture it. I will try later though (fixing my computer and can't transfer any files yet). I will bring it up to a dr though.

I was going to say something else, but I forgot. I hate brain fog. Grrr.
Trying to figure out what is going on with me.

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   Posted 6/24/2012 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, hmmm, I am wondering if it depends on your genetics. aka what color are ya? ok, I am Native American-Cherokee/Choctaw with SLE and RA. My skin coloring is as my Ma calls-a warm tan kind of brown. My little butterfly rash is kind of a darker brown than my skin tone. Get where I am going with this? I know of another person that has lupus(not sure which one) and she has a dark pinkish rash. She is fair skinned.
I have noticed that it darkens/lightens depending on how I am feeling or dealing with a flare.
As for the "bronzing". well, I wouldn't know. I've been brown all my life.lol

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   Posted 6/25/2012 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Bronzing is caused from another auto immune disorder... Addisons disease

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   Posted 6/26/2012 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
@deannaduplantis I honestly have no idea what is going on with me, I am not bronzing all over. I am getting splotches on my cheeks and nose. It looks odd.

@pbjsammich: I had not thought about it maybe relating to genetics. I am fair skinned (although I am not pale). My ancestry is northern European (Germany, England and Ireland), so "dark" would definitely not describe me. :)
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