Erythema multiforme is a skin reaction that can be triggered by an infection or medication. It's usually mild and goes away in a few weeks.
But there's also a rare, severe formthat can affect the mouth, genitals and eyes and can be life-threatening. This is known as erythema multiforme major.
Erythema multiforme mainly affects adults under 40, although it can occur at any age.
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Find out about erythema multiforme, a skin reaction that usually causes a rash for a few weeks.
Most people with erythema multiforme will just have a rash,but other symptoms can alsosometimesoccur. Rash The rash comes on suddenly and develops over a few days. It tends to start on the handsor f
See your GP as soon as possible if you think you or your child may haveerythema multiforme. Your GP may be able to diagnoseit just by looking at the rash, but they can refer you to askin specialist (
The cause oferythema multiforme is often unclear, but some cases are the result of a reactionto an infection or medication. The condition can't be passed from person to person. Infections Most case
Treatment aims to tackle the underlying cause of the condition, relieve your symptoms and stop yourskin becoming infected. Your doctor may recommend: stopping any medication that may be triggeringy
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 conditio