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Dr. Stuart Rhein
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Erythema Multiforme (Overview)

A type of hypsersensitivity skin reaction in response to medicines, infections, or illness.


Dr. Stuart Rhein
39 Doctors shared insights

Erythema Multiforme (Overview)

A type of hypsersensitivity skin reaction in response to medicines, infections, or illness.


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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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Erythema multiforme. What is that?

Erythema multiforme. What is that?

A rash.: 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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about erythema multiforme?

Severe skin reaction: Severe skin reaction that can be fatal. Usually caused by medications, lupus or malignancy. ...Read more

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Is erythema multiforme a serious condition?

Is erythema multiforme a serious condition?

Can be.: Em is usually minor but can be fatal. The minor form is much more common and self limited. The major form involves mucous membranes, is much more extensive and includes systemic symptoms. ...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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Could you tell me anything about erythema multiforme?

See details: This is a skin condition generally caused by an allergic reaction or an infection. The exact underlying mechanism is unknown but it probably the result of an autoimmune reaction. It is often self-limited but can be widespread and serious. ...Read more

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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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Has anybody ever had erythema multiforme? What cures it?

Figure out the Cause: Erythema multiform can have many causes, but the most common in herpes simplex virus infection (cold sores). Treat the cause and give supportive care (rest, fluids) and it will get better. ...Read more

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How long does it take for erythema multiforme to clear up?

Erythema multiforme: It depends on the cause, and whether or not the cause is diagnosed and treated. If it's a drug side effect and the drug is stopped, it may start to clear up quickly, in a few days. If it's due to a chronic auto inflammatory condition, it could last a long time, or come and go with flares of the illness. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001854/. ...Read more

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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

Skin Redness (Definition)

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Red Skin (Definition)

= erythema of the outermost layer of ...Read more