How severe can it be?

People with erythromelalgia typically suffer episodes or flare-ups of severe pain lasting from a few minutes to days.

Flare-ups usually start as an itching sensation, which worsens to a severe burning pain and tender, mottled red skin.

The hands and feetare most commonly affected,usually on both sides of the body, buterythromelalgia can also affect the arms, legs, earsand face.

The pain can be severe enough to make walking, standing, socialising, exercising and sleeping difficult. It can have a significant impact on work or school life.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018