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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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

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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Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Board Certified, Neonatology
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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?

Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Board Certified, Neonatology
44 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Jerome Litt
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Is it normal to not have symptoms of erythema nodosum but still have it?

Dr. Jerome Litt
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Is it normal to not have symptoms of erythema nodosum but still have it?

ERYTHEMA NODOSUM: SYMPTOMS OF THIS DISORDER ARE PAIN AND TENDERNESS. WHO MADE THE DIAGNOSIS? WAS A BIOPSY TAKEN? IF YOU HAVENT SEEN A DERMATOLOGIST YET, PLEASE SEE ONE! ...Read more

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Dr. George Kroumpouzos
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What is the definition or description of: erythema nodosum?

Dr. George Kroumpouzos
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Erythematous nodules: Erythematous nodules, typically on the legs.

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Dr. Robin Dretler
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
38 years in practice
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Can erythema nodosum be mistaken for folliculitis?

Dr. Robin Dretler
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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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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Dr. Mark Dickson
Board Certified, General Surgery
18 years in practice
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Can you tell me anything about erythema nodosum or panniculitis?

Dr. Mark Dickson
Board Certified, General Surgery
18 years in practice
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Big range: Both of these are skin conditions and the severity can range from "not too bad" to "need a big operation". The treating physician is the best person to answer specific concerns because of the many variables that come into play. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg
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23 years in practice
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What is the treatment for erythema nodosum?

Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg
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What is the treatment for erythema nodosum?

Pills: Usually nonsteroidals such as ibuprofen.

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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16 years in practice
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In which autoimmune diseases/disorders do you find erythema nodosum?

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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In which autoimmune diseases/disorders do you find erythema nodosum?

See below: Several---ulcerative colitis, sarcoid, crohn's to name a few. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
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Erythema nodosum occurs as a symptom of infections such as histoplasmosis?

Dr. Stephen Friedman
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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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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So, i had erythema nodosum when i took bc, now its been back since i had my fallopian tube removed. Could the removal of the tube be causing it?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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So, i had erythema nodosum when i took bc, now its been back since i had my fallopian tube removed. Could the removal of the tube be causing it?

No: Your doctor needs to look for other causes of erythema nodosum. There are several other possible causes. ...Read more

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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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