Malar Rash or Rosacea??

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/2/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a rash on my face which has been diagnosed as rosacea by my primary care. When I was referred to a dermatologist he said it might be rosacea, but didn't look typical. He ordered an ANA panel, waiting to hear. I have no bumps like rosacea...have been treated for almost a year with no improvement. It gets worse in the sun. Other symptoms include joint pain, hair loss, and fatigue. I am also being treated for arthritis and degenerative disc disease in my neck.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/2/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Missionsminded
I have a red face that reacts to the sun arrives iwth Lupus symptoms.  but I do not have the full malar rash that some do.  I never had the bumps of rosacea either.
Today is a good day, and the rash is minimal today, but I have stayed out of the sun for most of the day.  On the first of the month when I have to be outside in the sun alot, especially in the summer,  I know that I will have symptoms at the end of the day or the next day.    Usually it will only last a day or two if I rest and take it easy,  I get better, unless I am in a major flare, and then nothing seems to help.
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   Posted 9/2/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Hester. My rash definately looks malar with the butterfly shape, and it has the round red patches, where rosacea has streaks from what the dermatologist said. It has been there for about 5 years and hasn't improved, sometimes worsening in stressful situations. I have another appt. the 16th where I will get the results of the ANA panel. No one has mentioned Lupus and I know there are many immune disorders that can cause a malar rash too. The hair loss is significant, and being only 36 I can't imagine what I will look like by the time I a 40. I am new to this blog, does everyone list their diagnoses and medications at the bottom? Thanks and take care!

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 9/2/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, you may if you would like to list your dx and meds. but you don't have too. Just go to control pannel. the rest is self explanitory. :-) OH, and good luck on your ana's . Laura wink
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