List of autoimmune diseases
Another example that is fairly well-known is the ‘butterfly rash’ associated with Lupus. In fact, this rash is one of the hallmark, telltale signs of systemic lupus erythematosus. SLE is an inflammatory, autoimmune disease that affects nearly every organ system in the body, including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, and central nervous system. The Arthritis Foundation recognizes it as one of the 100 types of arthritis and related rheumatic disease, but while lupus shares many traits with RA and other arthritic conditions, it has other characteristics that make it stand on its own. One of the ways that many rheumatologists will be able to diagnose lupus is by the “butterfly rash” which is, “a rash that extends across the cheeks of the face and the bridge of the nose. It can be flat or raised; it can be bright red or it can be just a mild blushing, light pink coloration to the skin. It appears on the face in a pattern that looks like a butterfly; the wings are beneath both eyes and the body of the butterfly covers the bridge of the nose.” Lupus can affect the skin, too, by forming discoid rashes, as well.
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