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Dr. Stuart Rhein
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Erythema Multiforme (Overview)

Erythema multiforme is a type of hypsersensitivity skin reaction in response to medicines (sulfa, phenytoin, barbiturates, penicillin), infections (herpes, mycoplasma) , or illness. Symptoms are fever, ill feeling, joint ache and symmetric itchy rash on the trunk, extremities, palms, hands, feet, that starts quickly as a macule, papule, blister or hive. There can be bull's eye or "target" lesions.


Dr. Stuart Rhein
38 doctors shared insights

Erythema Multiforme (Overview)

Erythema multiforme is a type of hypsersensitivity skin reaction in response to medicines (sulfa, phenytoin, barbiturates, penicillin), infections (herpes, mycoplasma) , or illness. Symptoms are fever, ill feeling, joint ache and symmetric itchy rash on the trunk, extremities, palms, hands, feet, that starts quickly as a macule, papule, blister or hive. There can be bull's eye or "target" lesions.


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Is erythema multiforme a symptom of cancer?

No: Erythema multiforme ranges from a few days of target skin lesions after taking a medicine to which you're allergic to a nasty rash after a chest cold to a lifelong nuisance skin-and-mucosal disease that flares at inconvenient times. If the latter, i hope you're able to find a good dermatologist with whom you can work over the years, and that you keep an eagle eye on what triggers flareups. ...Read more

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What symptoms of erythema multiforme are the most important?

What symptoms of erythema multiforme are the most important?

Redness and swelling: Watch out for progressive and severe redness and swelling that may produce blistering which may lead on to secondary bacterial infections. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating erythema multiforme?

Are there official recommendations for treating erythema multiforme?

Evaluate cause: Ruling out possible immunologic causes, including autoimmune, infection, or allergic reactions is first step, before initiating therapy such as prednisone. ...Read more

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What kind of tests can detect erythema multiforme?

Biopsy of lesion: Biopsy of legion and immunoflorescent stain helps. Can be diagnosed clinically. See pmd. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me anything about erythema multiforme causes?

Yes.: Usually viral - hsv, drug related, mycoplasma, pregnancy, hep a or b, coccidiomycosis or ebv. In many cases no obvious cause is found. ...Read more

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How do you treat erythema multiforme in a 1 year old?

Supportive care: You first want to identify & remove any trigger, like a strep infection that can be treated or food that is setting off the reaction. The rest is supportive. Fluids as tolerated or by IV if not. Meds for itching if a problem. Anti inflammatory steroids are standard to calm the reaction, used in treatment doses first & withdrawn as the reaction fades. ...Read more

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I think I have erythema multiforme. What is the cure?

I think I have erythema multiforme. What is the cure?

Depends: Erythema multiforme is a rash that is the final common pathway of many different conditions - often allergic type reactions to virus or medication. Treatment varies depending on what is causing the rash. This rash is often confused with urticaria which has similar causes. I would not make this DX without consulting your md since some cases of em can progress and become severe. ...Read more

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Is erythema multiforme a conditon you can get medical marijuana for?

Is erythema multiforme a conditon you can get medical marijuana for?

No: Erythema multiforme is an allergic reaction. Em minor is similar to a very bad case of hives. Em major is severe and needs treatment in a hospital. Substance abuse often means a person exposes himself to illegal drugs (unknown purity, unknown additives, unknown amounts, etc...) and is at risk for getting allergic reactions to unknown substances he takes. ...Read more

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Red Skin (Definition)

Red skin is a symptom in which part or all of a person's skin is redder than normal. Redness is usually caused by increased blood (red colored) in the reddened area. Increased blood flow can be due to allergies, inflammation, infection, hormonal changes, nerve problems, ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Skin Redness (Definition)

Skin redness is a common symptom of inflammation or ...Read more