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Dr. Stuart Rhein
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Erythema Multiforme (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Can erythema multiforme be caused by viral or bacterial infection?

Can erythema multiforme be caused by viral or bacterial infection?

Yes: Erythema multiforme is an allergic reaction. Many times the cause is not found. Sometimes the cause is an infection by viruses, mycoplasma, bacteria, etc... Other times, the cause is related to a variety of medications. ...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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Is erythema multiforme contagious?

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Is erythema multiforme contagious?

No.: No. Erthema multiforme is a type of hypersensitive reaction which occurs in response to infections, medications and other causes. It is not contagious. If precipitated by herpes or another infection the herpes is contagious but the erythema multiforme is not. ...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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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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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

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


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more