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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

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

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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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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Schedule regular clinic visits with rheumatologist & don't miss them
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Take all of your medications every day. Discuss changes with rheum doc.
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Avoid unprotected sun exposure. Wear SPF30+ and a hat everyday.
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Get plenty of rest every day -- fatigue can trigger flares
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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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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Eat a well-balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
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Engage in low-impact exercise such as walking, bicycling, and swimming
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Limit time in the sun and use sunscreen
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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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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Get plenty of rest and sleep, which is when the body repairs itself
at bedtime
Exercise to inc. joint flexibility,improve muscle tone,inc bone strnth
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Use sunblock every single day—even when it’s cloudy.
yearly
Rashes persist, check with your doc about possible meds to use
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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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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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