Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Erythema Overview

Another name for Erythema is Skin Redness.

What causes skin redness?
Skin redness may be caused by inflammation, infections, injuries, or burns to the skin. Skin infections and skin inflammation usually result in a red skin rash. Skin infections include skin abscess, skin ulcer, cellulitis, impetigo, and viral exanthem. Common causes of skin inflammation include allergic dermatitis, hives, psoriasis, and eczema. Skin injuries include abrasions, contusions, lacerations, and puncture wounds. Skin redness is also caused by sunburn, thermal burns, and chemical burns.

What are the symptoms of skin redness?
Symptoms that occur with skin redness include skin rash (localized), skin rash (generalized), skin swelling, dry skin, blisters, skin pain, skin lesion, skin lump, swollen lymph glands (localized), and pus draining from the skin.

How does the doctor treat skin redness?
Treatment for skin redness depends on the underlying cause. General treatment for skin redness may include skin moisturizers, corticosteroid creams, oral corticosteroids, antibiotics for infections, and antihistamine medications for itching.

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