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

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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Dr. Stuart Rhein
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Erythema Multiforme (Definition)

A type of hypsersensitivity skin reaction in response to ...Read more


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My 9 y/o son was diagnosis w/erythema multiforme. He takes xyzal (levocetirizine) to keep the rash minimal but this has lasted 3 mo. Does EM last this long?

Allergy?: Erythema multiforme may be from an allergy to medications, or a viral infection which lasts 2-6 weeks if it is mild. If it's worse by now you may want to see your doctor again. Here is a handout on EM: http://www.wikidoc.org/index.php/Erythema_multiforme_%28patient_information%29 ...Read more

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Erythema multiforme how long does the rash last?

Erythema multiforme how long does the rash last?

It depends: It depends on the severity of the rash, the underlying cause and the treatment used. ...Read more

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How long does rash associated with erythema multiforme last?

How long does rash associated with erythema multiforme last?

1-3 weeks: It is, of course, variable based on each patient. Em is most often self-limited. Mild cases can resolve in 1-2 weeks but more advanced cases can take longer to resolve. ...Read more

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How long does rash with target like lesions associated with erythema multiforme last?

Weeks : Erythema from skin inflammation can take weeks to clear and sometimes months to get rid of post-inflammatory discoloration. ...Read more

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How long does diffuse rash associated with erythema multiforme last?

How long does diffuse rash associated with erythema multiforme last?

Days: The rash develops after the initial symptoms. These symptoms can last for 7-10 days and can include -malaise -fever -headache -rhinorrhea -cough. ...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?

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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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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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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What is the definition or description of: erythema multiforme?

What is the definition or description of: erythema multiforme?

Erythema multiforme: 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. ...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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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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