I would appreciate any comments or opinions on the photos I've posted.
I have been suffering from lupus type symptoms for a number of years now but am struggling to get treated due to negative blood results.
I have always said to Docs and Rhuemey that I dont get a malar rash, but have suffered from extremely sensitive and photosensitive skin since childhood. I have always hidden away from the sun, after the childhood traumas of my face swelling up, severe sunburn, and prickly heat type symptoms after as little as 20mins in the sun. I had numerous tests for photosensitivity as a child, along with numerous allergy test. All I remember is having lights shone on my back and drops of liquids put on my arm and then pricked. I then proceded to devlop large bumps and bright red rashes under almost everything. After that I never went in the sun for any significant period of time.
Durring my teenage years and though to adulthood, I discovered which creams, shampoos, washing powders affected me, and have stuck to tried and tested brands religiously to avoid unsightly and uncomfatable rashes and reactions. I also avoid going outside on sunny days, and always wear foundation that has an SPF 50, to avoid any rashes on my face.
Up untill recently I had never conected any of this to my never ending list of weird and wonderful symptoms.
I am due to see Dr D' Cruz in a couple of weeks, ideally for a seronegative diagnosis and treatment for my lupus like symptoms ( I am aware that I may not get a definate diagnosis, but am desperate for treatment so I can resume some sort of reasonable standard of life). in preperation for this, I am complyling a list of symptoms and conditions to take along with the report from previous rhuemy appointments. I also have photos of joint swelling to take along with me.
Today has been really sunny, so I decided to do a little test....... I removed foundation (spf 50) and sat in the garden for approx 30 mins at 12.30. I took the pictures I've posted at around 5pm.
I have googled malar rash, and to me my pic looks similar to many of the images online........ ??????