Complications of erythema multiforme

Most people with erythema multiforme make a full recovery within a few weeks. There aren't usually any further problems and the skin normally heals without scarring .

But there is a risk the condition could come back at some point, especially if it was caused by theherpes simplex virus.

You may be given antiviral medication to prevent attacks if you experience them frequently.

In severe cases,possible complications can include:

  • blood poisoning (septicaemia)
  • septic shock (where blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level)
  • a skin infection (cellulitis)
  • permanent skin damage and scarring
  • permanent eye damage
  • inflammation of internal organs, such as the lungs or liver
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018