my friend over past year has severe circular rashes appearing on trunk, buttocks & upper thigh areas that are very itchy, she also has been checked, has WBC of 24,000, swelling, pain,redness & heat from knees & ankles rotating sometimes to elbows, feet swells at times.Has been tested for RA & some lupus test (all negative)....ANY SUGGESTIONS or INFIGHTS will help greatly.
I would suggest that she be referred to an infectious disease specialist. Autoimmune diseases like arthritis and SLE may present with these. However, infections like parvovirus, adenovirus, and EBV may also present with similar symptoms. It may be possible to have blood tests done along this line. These viruses may present with rash and joint pains. Also, if synovial fluid aspiration may be done to help determine the cause of the condition.
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