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Symptoms and causes of erythema multiforme

Erythema Multiforme is an allergic reaction caused by medications (eg sulfonamides, penicillins, barbiturates, phenytoin), infection (herpes simplex, mycoplasma) or illness. Roughly 90% of cases is due to herpes simplex or Mycoplasma infections and occurs mostly in children and young adults. The condition involves damage to skin blood vessels which results in skin tissue damage. The disorder usually involves skin lesions which may or may not be associated with systemic symptoms. Steven-Johnson syndrome involves severe systemic symptoms and lesions. Toxic epidermal necrolysis or Lyell’s syndrome involves large blisters which join up together and then the skin peels off.

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About: Symptoms and causes of erythema multiforme

Date: 21 November 2004

Source: About

URL: http://adam.about.com/encyclopedia/000851.htm

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