#TriviaTuesday - What shape does the characteristic “malar” rash resemble?

Lupus Research AllianceLupus Research Alliance Administrator admin
edited December 4 in Health and Wellbeing
What shape does the characteristic “malar” rash that appears on the cheeks and bridge of the nose of about half of people with lupus often resemble?

About half of people with lupus experience a characteristic red “malar” rash or color change that may appear across the cheeks and bridge of the nose in the shape of a butterfly. The rash can last from days to weeks and is sometimes painful or itchy. Rashes may also occur on the face and ears, upper arms, shoulders, chest, & hands and other areas exposed to the sun.

Because many people with lupus are sensitive to sunlight (called photosensitivity), skin rashes often first develop or worsen after being out in the sun. Some people find that the appearance of the butterfly rash is a sign of an oncoming disease flare.

Do you experience a rash with lupus? Is there anything you find that helps to ease it?
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