Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Erythema Nodosum Overview

What is erythema nodosum?
A person with erythema nodosum has inflammation of the skin that results in tender, red bumps under the skin surface. The rash is commonly located on the shins, thighs and forearms. The cause for erythema nodosum is unclear, but it seems to be triggered by an illness or medication. Erythema nodosum occurs most commonly in young adults, and usually resolves within 6 weeks.

What are the symptoms of erythema nodosum?
Symptoms of erythema nodosum include red, swollen skin lumps that are warm to touch and tender. Additional symptoms may include fever, chills, joint pains, and fatigue.

How does the doctor treat erythema nodosum?
The treatment for erythema nodosum depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for erythema nodosum may include rest, elevation of the limb, elastic support stockings, oral corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Erythema Nodosum References
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