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Causes of Erythema Multiforme and Erythema Multiforme Treatment

Sometimes allergic reactions cause a type of a skin rash or disorder known as Erythema multiforme. The hypersensitivity towards certain medications, topical creams, prolonged illnesses and advanced infections sometimes causes the skin to erupt for a short time. There is no particular cause to pinpoint to this malady but it does occur in association with any of the above triggers.

Apart from causing damage to the skin tissues, this type of reaction also has far-reaching damage to the blood vessels in the short time of its duration. Roughly 90 percent of erythema multiforme incidents are connected with infections related to herpes simplex or mycoplasma. Erythema multiforme takes place mostly in children and in young adults.

Erythema multiforme may get detectable with a type of skin lesion, which may take place with or in the absence of general symptoms affecting the entire body. In the case of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, the general bodily indications are of a grave nature and the lesions that develop are large in spatial extent, taking into account many body parts, particularly the mucous membranes. In the case of toxic epidermal necrolysis also known as the TEN syndromes, there is a large formation of prominent scalds that merge, accompanied by shedding of skin cells and also mucous membranes.

Erythema Multiform Symptoms & Necessary Treatment for Erythema Multiforme

There may be a sudden spurt of skin lesions which may occur suddenly and may have the tendency to spread. The initial appearance seems like a nodule or a papule with the inner area of the lesion circumvented by concentrical borders of pallor and inflammation, these circles are commonly referred to as target, or iris and sometimes known as the bull's eye.

Such blisters are commonly seen on the limbs, palms, and sometimes might also involve the face or the lips. The torso is usually not affected but the areas that are affected usually have a lot of itching and persistent fever as well as a general malaise may also be present. The erythema multiforme treatment includes the controlling of the basic symptoms as well treat the cause of the blisters.

The skin lesions can be comforted with the help of cool damp compresses while antihistamines are generally prescribed to control the itching and hay fever-like symptoms. If the blisters are spreading across the body then the underlying symptoms may also tend to get very severe. Moreover only hospitalization and the necessary treatments may be able to control the spread of the blisters. Most doctors take the help of intravenous immunoglobulins to make a difference in the entire process.