Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Erythema Multiforme Home Care

Home care for erythema multiforme includes:

Erythema Multiforme Mouth Ulcers

Home care for painful mouth sores due to erythema multiforme includes:

  • Avoid citrus juices and salty or spicy foods.
  • Eat a soft diet. Cold drinks can help numb the mouth sores.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Oral numbing sprays may be used in adults and children over 2 years of age. Brand names include:
  • Use topical agents such as Gly-Oxide can be used directly on canker sores. You can make your own peroxide solution by diluting 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide in 3 four parts water.
  • Use mouthwash after meals or warm saltwater gargles three times a day. Make this with one-half teaspoon (2.5 cc) of salt dissolved in one cup (240 cc) of warm water.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
  • Acetaminophen for pain

Erythema Multiforme Pain in Adults

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with erythema multiforme include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Erythema Multiforme Pain in Children

Common medications used at home for pain in children with erythema multiforme include:

Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.



Erythema Multiforme Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have erythema multiforme and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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