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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 6/3/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys.  I know it seems like I have alot of questions.  I am new to lupus and trying to figure things out.  Yesterday I had a stressful day and today my butterfly rash is out and very noticable.  It is very red and hot.  At first I am thinking it is because of the anitbotic I am on.  But now I thinking it could be the stress.  Will stress bring out your butterfly rashes in any of you? 

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   Posted 6/3/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   

Have you been exposed to the sun? Both the sun and a lupus flare cause my butterfly rash to become more predominant. And yes, I believe (but not everyone does) that stress can bring on a flare.

Take a picture of your face and take it to the doctor the next time you go. He'll be able to answer your question about the antibiotic.

Hope you're feeling ok.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine is always very noticeable after I get home from work so I know the stress of the day and traffic have a lot to do with it. I always feel feverish too when I get home. It does calm down and go away by the end of the evening after I have relaxed at home so I have no doubt that mine is made worse with stress.

I agree with Patty, make sure to take a picture and take it to your doctor and keep a copy of the photo in your own home version of your medical file :)
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