Natalie Garcia Anatomy&Physiology 4 th Period. Erythema Multiforme. History Of The Disease. First described in 1860 by Ferdinand von Hebra as a severe, self-limiting disorder that is characterized by red skin lesions that appear as papules.
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To begin treatment it involves preventing infection and treating the symptoms also to stop taking any suspecting medication with approval from a doctor.
Mild symptoms consists of taking medications such as antihistamines to control itching, moist compresses applied to the skin, oral antiviral medication if it is caused by herpes simplex, over-the-counter medications to reduce fever and discomfort, topical anesthetics (especially for mouth lesions) to ease discomfort.
Treatment for severe symptoms is to use antibiotics to control any skin infections, medication to control inflammation, hospitalization and treatment in an intensive care or burn care unit for severe cases such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Mild forms of erythema multiforme usually get better in 2 - 6 weeks, but they may return. More severe forms may be difficult to treat. Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis have high death rates.
"Erythema Multiforme: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia." U.S National Library of Medicine. Ed. Linda J. Vorvick. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 23 Oct. 2012. Web. 23 Nov. 2012. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000851.htm>.