2. Skin rashes
Another extremely common symptom of lupus is the appearance of rashes on the skin. Skin rashes are common with almost all autoimmune diseases; however, in the case of lupus, the rash often develops across the chest, face, arms, and ears, and is shaped like a butterfly.
This is known as a malar rash. They are particularly common on the cheeks and across the bridges of the nose. The rash is blotchy and red, but it usually doesn’t itch.
It will likely be exacerbated when exposed to the sun, or to heat.