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I have the bruises on my legs that resemble erythema nodosum and I tested negative for sarcoidosis. Should I still have a biopsy to rule out erythema and possibly answer the question of what exactly is wrong with me? I've been tested for lupus and tb. Bo

I have the bruises on my legs that resemble erythema nodosum and I tested negative for sarcoidosis. Should I still have a biopsy to rule out erythema and possibly answer the question of what exactly is wrong with me?  I've been tested for lupus and tb. Bo

Easy does it: As often as not, erythema nodosum appears for no reason whatever and goes away after a while. If you feel well otherwise, and are hepatitis c negative, and it was not precipitated by medication, and your physician is okay with just watching it for a few weeks, that's probably fine. ...Read more

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I have erythema nodosum 4 weeks and healing but now have thrush have no other symptoms, my dr wants me to have bloods. Just worrying?

I have erythema nodosum 4 weeks and healing but now have thrush have no other symptoms, my dr wants me to have bloods. Just worrying?

Get the tests: Erythema nodosum can be with some viral diseases, but it can also occur with several forms of collagen vascular disorders including lupus, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. There are blood tests for these disorders. It is wise to get them done. ...Read more

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Can erythema nodosum be mistaken for folliculitis?

Can erythema nodosum be mistaken for folliculitis?

Not really: Erythema nodosum is a reddened, tender nodule 1-5 inches with no pus, fluctuance or drainage. Folliculitis is an infected hair follicle that may progress to a small pusutle or an abscess. ...Read more

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Erythema nodosum occurs as a symptom of infections such as histoplasmosis?

Erythema nodosum occurs as a symptom of infections such as histoplasmosis?

Association: Erythema nodosum (en) is an inflammatory disorder that involves tender nodules under the skin. It is associated with many systemic conditions including infections with streptococcus, chllamydia, coccidiodomycosis, hepatitis b, tuberculosis, and histoplasmosis. Also, sensitivity to certain medications are linked to en, including antibiotics and birth control pills. ...Read more

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I have erythema nodosum on both right and left legs. I don't know what it is from. I have two cats. Could they have caused it?

I have erythema nodosum on both right and left legs. I  don't know what it is from. I have two cats. Could they have caused it?

Erythema Nodosum: In about half of cases, the exact cause of erythema nodosum is unknown. Some cases may occur with: infections. Some of the more common ones are: streptococcus (most common) cat scratch disease chlamydia coccidioidomycosis hepatitis b histoplasmosis leptospirosis mononucleosis (ebv) mycobacteria mycoplasma psittacosis syphilis tuberculosis tularemia yersinia pregnancy. ...Read more

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61 yrs old - diagnosed with Crohn's disease at 13. Ostomy 13 years ago. Erythema nodosum extreme on left leg. . . Very painful. Several years now.

61 yrs old - diagnosed with Crohn's disease at 13.  Ostomy 13 years ago.  Erythema nodosum extreme on left leg. . . Very painful.  Several years now.

Prednisone: This is a tough problem. The only thing that is going to really help with erythema nodosum is prednisone. I suspect you have been on Prednisone on and off for years and were hoping the ostomy would decrease the need for it. See a dermatologist who can collaborate with your GI doc. You are still having inflammation and i assume you are on other systemic medications. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce inflammation/CRP level (from Erythema Nodosum) while pregnant?

What can I do to reduce inflammation/CRP level (from Erythema Nodosum) while pregnant?

Elevate legs.: It's best not to take medications of any kind during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Anti-inflammatory drugs, in particular, are not recommended during pregnancy. Elevate your legs as often as possible, and try to wait until after the baby is born to take medications - unless your obstetrician prescribes a specific one for you. ...Read more

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I have erythema nodosum on both legs for a week now. What should I do?

I have erythema nodosum on both legs for a week now. What should I do?

E. Nodosum: The underlying infection, drug, or disease should be identified and treated. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids) to reduce pain and swelling. Analgesics, rest. ...Read more

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Definition)

Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more


Red Skin (Definition)

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


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