There are many reasons why a person may experience a lupus burning sensation. Since lupus is a disease which can potentially affect any part of the body, there are many different complications which can arise from having the disease. The most common reasons for a lupus burning sensation to occur are nerve damage, vascular problems, and urinary tract infections.
When the nervous system is damaged in lupus a number of different complications can arise. The symptoms depend on where the damage has occurred and to what extent. Along with lupus burning sensations a person may experience loss of muscle control, loss of sensation. When nerves are damaged signals to become overactive, creating pain that is more intense than it should be. For example, a person might feel extreme pain when a sheet runs across their toes.
A person may also experience lupus burning sensations if they develop vasculitis. Vasculitis is inflammation of the blood vessels. It is very common for people with lupus to develop this condition. Vasculitis may lead to nerve damage leading to the burning sensations described above. One sign of vasculitis are little red dots with black centers which form on the skin. These can cause a burning sensation as well, according to the Hospital for Special Surgery website, HSS.edu.
Urinary tract infections are common in lupus and may cause a burning sensation upon urination. Infections occur easily in lupus because of the nature of the disease and because of the immunosuppressive drugs that lupus patients often take. Any symptoms of infection in lupus should be treated as soon as they are noticed in order to avoid further complications.
Lupus Burning Rash
Lupus is frequently characterized by its famous “butterfly” rash. This rash gets its name because it forms a butterfly shape across a person’s cheeks and over the ridge of their nose. This rash is referred to in the medical field as a malar rash. People who have an acute malar rash often say that they feel a burning warmth on their face, not unlike a heat flush, according to Lupus.org. However, chronic malar rash is said to be painless without any sensation whatsoever.
Lupus rashes may become worse after exposure to sunlight. Therefore, the American Lupus Foundation recommends avoiding the sunlight mid-day sun, wearing loose clothing which covers your skin well when outside and wearing broad-brimmed hats when exposed to sunlight. Using sunscreen frequently can also reduce skin damage.