Bimalar facial rashes

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Bimalar facial rashes
Bimalar facial rashes

HOW TO TAKE THE POST-TEST: This Clinical Advisor CME activity consists of 3 articles. To obtain credit, you must also read Macules spread from abdomen to extremities and Pink nodule on the crown of the head; the post-test will include questions related to all three articles.To obtain CME/CE credit, please click here after reading the articles to take the post-test on myCME.com.


CASE #1

A nurse, age 54 years, arrived for evaluation of what she and her fellow hospital workers presumed to be lupus. The rash had been present for approximately one month. Such systemic symptoms as joint pain, fever and malaise were not reported. The rash burned and itched and had persisted despite the application of a number of OTC creams and ointments. An antinuclear antibody (ANA) test ordered by the patient's primary-care provider was nonreactive. A complete blood count and comprehensive metabolic profile showed no abnormal results.


CASE #2

A 26-year-old woman first noticed a facial rash early in the summer but had to wait several weeks before she could be seen in the dermatology clinic. Feeling the need to try something in the meantime, she used OTC moisturizers and 1% hydrocortisone cream to obtain relief from mild itching and burning. Neither of the OTC treatments was helpful, and the rash grew more erythematous. The woman's symptoms were particularly exacerbated after a day spent in the sun working as a landscaper.


What is the diagnosis?

For CASE #1, click "NEXT." For CASE #2, click "3."

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