If you have any redness or even a rash that resides on your nose or cheekbones, then you need to take it very seriously. If your rash happens to get worse when you spend time in the sun then you may have a skin condition or rash that’s referred to as a Malar Rash. Another name for the Malar Rash is the Butterfly Rash. Take a quick look in the mirror to see what the areas previously named look like. If you find that a rash exists on your face, then I encourage you to continue reading.
What Is A Butterfly Rash?
A Butterfly Rash is a rash that takes the shape of a butterfly across both your nose and cheekbones. In regards to the shade of this rash, you need to know what to look for. The rash can appear to be very light. An extremely light pink to a bright or even dark red. It’s not uncommon for this rash to appear somewhat “scaly” looking too. It really varies from individual to individual. The rash may also sting or itch depending on the individual affected. Some people find that when they have a reaction and break out with this rash, their skin begins to raise and look somewhat swollen. Others have had experiences where their skin looks completely flush and not affected other than a slight change in color.
If you spend any time in the sun and you have this rash, you’ll want to be extra careful to make sure that your rash doesn’t begin to swell. It’s not uncommon for your skin to appear as if hives or welts appear on your face too. The bottom line is that this type of rash can have a different appearance on every individual. What the rash looks like isn’t most important, what causes the rash is what really matters most.
What Causes It?
The Butterfly Rash is typically caused by Lupus. If you’re not familiar with what Lupus is, it’s a disease that impacts your immune system. What typically happens if you have Lupus is that your own immune system attacks healthy internal body tissue. These attacks result in swelling of organs. This isn’t the only cause of Butterfly Rash but it is the most common cause. A few of the other causes of the rash are Rosacea, Lyme Disease, Dermatomyositis, Seborrheic Dermatitis, and excessive exposure to UV rays.
I don’t suggest trying to personally identify the cause of the issue. Instead, you should make an appointment to speak with your primary care physician. What’s likely to happen is, your doctor will run a few tests (blood and urine) to assess what’s going on internally. He may also request a biopsy of your kidneys in the event that he or she thinks something serious is the cause, such as Lupus. These types of test are crucial if you want to treat your condition. Testing will limit any discomfort and suffering that any condition may cause.
How To Treat Butterfly Rash
This type of rash is typically treated with the use of a cream. Both steroidal and non-steroidal creams can be applied to the rash to help treat your condition. Treating the symptoms can help reduce the presence of the rash a bit, but it’s most important that you take action to address the underlying reason versus the symptoms.
If you find that the creams are not effective enough then I suggest that you try and apply vitamin E oil or other types of natural oils to the affected area. If you’re spending a lot of time in the sun, then you’ll want to take care to apply sunblock to the affected area before getting any UV ray exposure.
It’s quite common for physicians and dermatologists to recommend avoiding any contact with silica, pesticides and mercury because all of those things can make your Butterfly Rash much worse.
Lastly, if you have a poor diet, you should think about changing it immediately. Eating a healthy diet is extremely important for your overall health but it’s also incredibly important if you wish to boost your immune system. A healthy diet should incorporate fiber, fruits, vegetables and maybe even some lean proteins. Another component to a healthy diet is consuming plenty of water. If you’re not drinking a lot of water then it’s possible that your skin is being directly affected by your lack of hydrating.
If you think that you have a rash that might be a Butterfly Rash on your face then I strongly suggest that you get evaluated and take action immediately. Prolonging things and not taking action will only cause further damage to yourself.