Do you have redness or a rash that goes over your cheekbones and your nose? Does it get worse when you go out into the sun? If so, you may have a condition known as Malar Rash though it is more commonly known as the Butterfly Rash.
What is it?
The Butterfly Rash is commonly described as looking like you have a butterfly across your cheekbones and nose. This rash is anywhere from light pink to dark red. It may be scaly looking or just redness and it may also sting and/or itch a lot or very little depending on the severity of the rash as well as the condition that caused it. Sometimes it may be a raised rash that looks swollen or it could be flush with the unaffected skin.
The butterfly rash on face may get a deeper and darker shade of red if you are out in the sun for any length of time. The sun may also cause it to swell up to look like a welt on your face.
What causes the Butterfly Rash on Face?
Most commonly it’s caused by having Lupus which is a disease that causes the body’s immune system to become overactive and it will attack the normal healthy tissues inside your body causing swelling to major organs. Though there are other things that can cause the Butterfly Rash such as:
- Seborrhea or Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Bloom Syndrome
- Lyme disease
- Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays especially if you have light or sensitive skin.
Only a doctor can tell you for sure what could be causing the butterfly rash on face so it is important to talk to your doctor if you begin to notice it. Your doctors will most likely test you by performing blood tests and urine tests though he may also do a biopsy of your kidneys if he suspects that there is something more severe going on such as Lupus. Having these tests done will make sure that you get treatment for whatever is causing the rash and to talk about treatment options for the rash itself. You shouldn’t have to suffer with the rash and discomfort it causes you.
How is it treated?
The Butterfly Rash is most often treated by using either a steroidal cream or other non-steroidal drugs on the rash. Of course this condition may also get a little better by treating the underlying reason you have it. If this doesn’t ease it up enough for you, you can try to use a little vitamin E oil or other types of oil on your face.
You may want to use sunblock on your face daily to avoid the possible side effects of being in the sun. You don’t want to add to the discomfort you may already be experiencing. Your doctor may also recommend that you avoid contact with mercury, silica and pesticides because they can also make it more severe.
It may also be beneficial to you to eat a healthy diet to boost your immune system. A diet that’s filled with fruits and vegetables that is high in fiber should help you to do that. You should also make sure you drink plenty of water.