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Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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My rash is either erythema multiforme, granuloma annulare?

My rash is either erythema multiforme, granuloma annulare?

See a dermatologist.: See a dermatologist, have the rash evaluated. A skin biopsy may be very helpful. ...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 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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How can I tell if my rash is erythema multiforme or granuloma annulare?

How can I tell if my rash is erythema multiforme or granuloma annulare?

Biopsy: Each has its own appearance but sometimes your dermatologist needs to biopsy to tell the correct diagnosis ...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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I'm taking prednisone for erythema multiforme and combined it with Nabumetone. A sunburn like rash has formed on my chest and arms. Please advice.?

I'm taking prednisone for erythema multiforme and combined it with Nabumetone. A sunburn like rash has formed on my chest and arms. Please advice.?

Please call your doc: You may be having a reaction to your meds that could be progressive. I suspect the Nabumetone, since the prednisone is similar to hormone made by the body and is sometimes to treat reactions. ...Read more

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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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I have a friend who is suffering from erythema multiforme. Any info about this?

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. ...Read more

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I need information about steven johnson syndrome, and erythema multiforme.?

See below: Stj syndrome is the most severe form of (em) erythema multiforme. Em is a hypersensitivity reaction that occurs in response to meds, infections, or illnesses. Exact cause is unknown but thought to be related to damage to blood vessels of skin then tissue damage. Em minor is caused usually by herpes simplex or mycoplasma. Em major (stj) is usually caused by medications. Stj can be deadly! ...Read more

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Will my Erythema Multiforme flare up if I get a tattoo?

Probably not: The reports are flares or local EM-like reactions to henna and to some of the bright colors. Ordinary black tattoo ink is less likely to be a problem. Wait on getting inked, though, especially at your age. I'm a buff and have two, but you need to wait several years and if after that time it is STILL exactly what you want, go for it. Erythema mul ...Read more

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I've had erythema multiforme before and now I have red spots that itch?

I've had erythema multiforme before and now I have red spots that itch?

Target Lesions: If the new red spots are target like, you have a recurrence of the erythema multiforme. Many patients have repeat episodes that coincide with herpes simplex of the lip. Prevention of the herpes will often reduce the incidence of the erythema multiform. ...Read more

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Is herpes simplex related to erythema multiforme?

Is herpes simplex related to erythema multiforme?

Yes, sometimes: Erythema multiforme minor is an allergic reaction that looks like a bad case of hives but the bumps don't go away for days. Em minor is not serious. It is usually due to medicine allergies, such as penicillins or sulfa drugs. It can also be due to a reaction to an infection such as herpes simplex. However, em major (stevens johnson rash) is serious and usually due to drug allergies, not infection. ...Read more

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What are toxic epidermal necrolosys/steven johnson syndrome/erythema multiforme"?

What are toxic epidermal necrolosys/steven johnson syndrome/erythema multiforme"?

Serious Problem: Ten (toxic epidermal necrolysis) and (sjs) steven johnson syndrome are the same illness and only are separated by the percentage of body surface area involved. Erythema multiform is usually a much more limited problem. Ten/sjs can be caused by many things, and results in sloughing off of the skin in large areas and can cause severe infection, fluid loss and death. ...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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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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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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Is there any link between ingesting semen and erythema multiforme?

Is there any link between ingesting semen and erythema multiforme?

Not likely: I can't say I have ever heard of these being linked. I imagine if they were, we would see an awful lot more cases of e. Multiforme than we do... ...Read more

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Compare steven johnson syndrome/erythema multiforme?

Compare steven johnson syndrome/erythema multiforme?

Degree: Erythema multiforme is an allergic skin condition usually due to a medication or an infection. It may be mild but can also have a severe life-threatening form called erythema multiforme major or stevens-johnson syndrome. ...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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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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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

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

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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