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Lupus outbreaks
Aug 11, 2010
Has anyone with lupus experienced vaginal itching?

I've been to a gyno and tested negative for all STI's including Herpes - and am thinking of the possibility of Lupus?

My mother suffers from Lupus and when she was diagnosed would break out in very itchy patches all over her body.

I've developed a rasied red rash on the back of my upper arm, where my back and arm meet, in the crease of the arm. It's very itchy and sore, but is slowly going away. The other day part of the rash turned a bruised color.

Just wondering if any senior lupus verterns can shed some light on this for me?

Thanks.
Re: Lupus outbreaks
Aug 12, 2010
[QUOTE=imfreakingout2;4305248]Has anyone with lupus experienced vaginal itching?

I've been to a gyno and tested negative for all STI's including Herpes - and am thinking of the possibility of Lupus?

My mother suffers from Lupus and when she was diagnosed would break out in very itchy patches all over her body.

I've developed a rasied red rash on the back of my upper arm, where my back and arm meet, in the crease of the arm. It's very itchy and sore, but is slowly going away. The other day part of the rash turned a bruised color.

Just wondering if any senior lupus verterns can shed some light on this for me?

Thanks.[/QUOTE]

Wondering if anyone can help me out here?
Re: Lupus outbreaks
Aug 14, 2010
Freaking, short answer is yes to the itching. Bloodwork and cultures ruled out infection, herpes, etc. But my itching episodes seemed to coincide with extreme urinary irritability & frquency; for that, iinfection, etc. waa also ruled out. My outcome: itching & urinary problems ceased very quickly after Plaquenil (for lupus) kicked in.

As for your itchy rash where arm meets back: skin rashes are impossible for laypeople, and difficult even for professionals! Have you consulted a dermatologist? There may be some rashes (maybe fungal, I'm not an expert!) that favor skin folds; it's well-known that people can pick these up from things like gym mats. Is there anything more to add to your description? If the rash was one-side only, could sun have hit you on one side only, like in a car? Hope something here helps a little. Best wishes, Vee
Re: Lupus outbreaks
Aug 14, 2010
[QUOTE=VeeJ;4307193]Freaking, short answer is yes to the itching. Bloodwork and cultures ruled out infection, herpes, etc. But my itching episodes seemed to coincide with extreme urinary irritability & frquency; for that, iinfection, etc. waa also ruled out. My outcome: itching & urinary problems ceased very quickly after Plaquenil (for lupus) kicked in.

As for your itchy rash where arm meets back: skin rashes are impossible for laypeople, and difficult even for professionals! Have you consulted a dermatologist? There may be some rashes (maybe fungal, I'm not an expert!) that favor skin folds; it's well-known that people can pick these up from things like gym mats. Is there anything more to add to your description? If the rash was one-side only, could sun have hit you on one side only, like in a car? Hope something here helps a little. Best wishes, Vee[/QUOTE]

Hi VeeJ,

Many thanks for your reply!

Yes the rash is found only on my right arm. It is possible that it could be from sun exposure.

The rash was raised, bright red and scaly and about 1-2cm in length and was itchy/annoying. There were 2 very tiny whiteheads on opposite ends of the sore, that eventaully scabbed over/went away. I went to the doctor to have it swabbed for herpes/herpes zoster as well. As it's a very add place to have an outbreak I'm now wondering the possibility of Lupus, considering my mom has it.

No, I have no consulted with a dermatologist at this time. If the rashes still occur it may be my next step.

The vaginal itching/odd rashes have been popping up periodically, and at this point I'm confused and just want some answers.

Thanks again for getting back to me.
Re: Lupus outbreaks
Aug 17, 2010
Freaking, hi again. I can understand your concern about duplicating your mom's problems. For decades, I saw my own mom's many problems, but my mom & I were never identical. She wasn't dx'ed with lupus (though I do wonder), only with a blood clotting problem for which she took Coumadin. In contrast, I don't have clotting issues. MEANING, I'm not my mom's clone. None of us are!

So I think what counts for YOU is whether you have any problems strongly associated with lupus. Have you read the sticky posts (permanent info posts at the top of the thread list)? Have you borrowed library books on lupus?

For your skin issue, I'd imagine it could be any number of things NOT associated with lupus. (There are thousands of known skin problems!) But the only way to find out would be to see a dermatologist.

Do you experience any symptoms bigger than skin & vaginal itching? If you do, you could see a rheumatologist. If not, then you could try to chase those down, and try hard not to overworry. With my best, Vee (P.S. How's your mom doing? How do the problems she's experienced compare to yours?)
Re: Lupus outbreaks
Aug 18, 2010
[QUOTE=VeeJ;4309639]Freaking, hi again. I can understand your concern about duplicating your mom's problems. For decades, I saw my own mom's many problems, but my mom & I were never identical. She wasn't dx'ed with lupus (though I do wonder), only with a blood clotting problem for which she took Coumadin. In contrast, I don't have clotting issues. MEANING, I'm not my mom's clone. None of us are!

So I think what counts for YOU is whether you have any problems strongly associated with lupus. Have you read the sticky posts (permanent info posts at the top of the thread list)? Have you borrowed library books on lupus?

For your skin issue, I'd imagine it could be any number of things NOT associated with lupus. (There are thousands of known skin problems!) But the only way to find out would be to see a dermatologist.

Do you experience any symptoms bigger than skin & vaginal itching? If you do, you could see a rheumatologist. If not, then you could try to chase those down, and try hard not to overworry. With my best, Vee (P.S. How's your mom doing? How do the problems she's experienced compare to yours?)[/QUOTE]


Hi VeeJ,

Thanks for getting back to me! I have done some alternative research on Lupus and I do have bouts of extreme fatigue, as well achy joints especially in my hips. I will have a look at the sticky posts for more info.

Thanks for shedding some more light on things and reminding me that just because my mom has lupus does not mean I have it necessarily. The rash on my arm is slowly disapearing but is leaving behind a purpleish mark/scar that I hope does not scar. The rash was just so odd - and I've been trying to find the appropriate answers.

Many thanks for your help.





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