I've had a skin condition for about 8 or 9 months involving rather nasty pustuals mainly on my face and forehead, plus I also get the odd one on my upper chest and shoulders. My nose suffers badly and is more or less covered with a red rash and small septic spots and pustuals...it looks similar to a heavy drinkers nose. I also get small sores on my scalp. This past two weeks the condition has worsened - the pustuals are bigger, more painful and take longer to heal. That said, things do seem to be beginning to calm down. I visited dermatology approx 4 months ago, when the condition was nowhere near as bad as now, they said they thought I had either psoriatic or sebborheic dermatitis...can't remember which, but the condition was nowhere near as bad as it is now and they prescribed some topical cream and discharged me. I went for a dental check up yesterday and the dentist pointed out that I had a butterfly rash on my face and suggested that I get it looked at as it could be lupus. Cripes, as if I didn't have enough things already wrong with me and that includes RA. Anyway, when I got home and looked in the mirror the butterfly rash was well and truly there. Obviously I'm concerned if I have lupus and although no one can say for sure, I'm wondering if the skin symptoms I'm experiencing sound like lupus or more like some other condition as I've read the the butterfly effect can be caused by other diseases?
Difficult to provide an answer I know, but when I researched the lupus rash I couldn't find any mention of associated pustuals, so am hoping...no praying, that I have some other lesser condition.
edit...forgot to add that I've had a couple of blood tests done for rheumy over the last few months. Would these these indicate that I have lupus?