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I'm writing from Canada. I was wondering if you can give me some more information on the lupus facial rashes (butterfly rash).

I have very fair skin that burns easily. I also flush and blush very easy. When I exercise my face stays red for an hour or more.

The other night I felt warm while cooking dinner(I was wearing a sweater and warm socks). My feet felt very hot too. My face was flushed. I took off the socks and sweater and eventually cooled down and after a few hours the face flushing decreased. I had spent some time in the sun that day, and I did have a small drink while cooking dinner (alcohol does flush my face). Although the feet cooled down and the flushed face got much better. I did notice that I was slightly pink off and on the next couple of days. Could have been slight colour from the sun though.

How long do lupus rashes last for?

Hi Kathy!

It's hard to say how long a rash can last with lupus. Lupus shows itself different from one person to the next.
But what you describe does not sound like a malar rash.
You might consider whether you possibly have rosacea.
Facial flushing is entirely different from the malar rash.
The malar rash typically lasts for days or weeks or even longer, not a matter of hours.

I'm not a medical professional (I'm a fellow patient).
If you have an appointment anytime soon with a professional, remember to ask them about the facial flushing, and be sure to mention all the factors you described here.
All the best-


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