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Erythema Multiforme

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript:

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.

Erythema Multiforme: so erythema is our word for redness, and multiforme, well has multiple different forms that it can come in, but usually they’re little red circles that happen on your body. Now there’s lots of causes of this Erythema Multiforme, but one of the biggest causes of it is actually an activation of a herpes virus. So if you noticed that every time you get a cold sore, you get an activation of these little circular areas all over your body, these little circular areas of Erythema Multiforme are a hypersensitivity reaction. It doesn’t mean that the herpes virus is in all these different red spots that are popping up on your body. But it does point to a clue that maybe the herpes virus is triggering this, and if that’s the case, talk to your local dermatologist, because we can often put you on a suppressive dose of antivirals, so you’re not getting these.

Another cause of Erythema Multiforme is a bacterial infection in your lungs. So if you’re having coughing, and all the things, feeling rundown that you can get from a pneumonia type presentation and you’re getting these circles, well you need to be seen by multiple specialists, but it could all be tied together.

The last major cause of Erythema Multiforme are new prescription medications or supplements. So if you tried something new within the last two weeks, and you start getting these little red splotches everywhere, then you need to really consider if you’re allergic to that medication or supplement or different substance that you’ve come in contact with.

Regardless of the cause of Erythema Multiforme, and we talked kind of about the three main ones, but there’s also this other category of idiopathic, which means, I don’t know. You need to talk to your local dermatologist so that you know for certain that this is the right diagnosis, and that you can have a conversation with your local dermatologist about, okay, what do we need to treat, or how do we prevent this, or what else is going on, and we’re here to help. 

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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