What Autoimmune Diseases Cause Rashes?

Rashes can be seen in many of the diseases we treat including scleroderma, vasculitis, lupus and dermatomyositis.

Many physicians and patients are aware of the classic malar (over cheeks and nose) rash seen in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) that can be triggered by exposure to sunlight.

What autoimmune diseases cause itching?

Dermatomyositis causes autoimmune inflammation and damage in the muscles, skin, and occasionally other vital organs, such as the lungs. In addition, dermatomyositis skin disease is often more troublesome for the patient by producing symptoms such as itching (lupus skin disease usually does not itch).

What do autoimmune rashes look like?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the immune system attacks healthy tissue. Symptoms vary widely from person to person, but can include: Butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. Flaky red spots or a purple, scaly rash on the face, neck, or arms.

Can immune system cause skin problems?

Usually the immune system reaction protects the body and aids healing. However, sometimes an immune system reaction is misdirected at healthy tissues and causes intense inflammation and damage. Skin can be involved in a variety of immune system reactions, many of which cause rashes.

What autoimmune diseases cause hives?

Thyroid disease is the most commonly reported autoimmune condition in people with chronic hives, followed by rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. A study published in September 2013 in the European Journal of Dermatology found that celiac disease is also associated with chronic hives.

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