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Erythema Nodosum

What is erythema nodosum?

Erythema nodosum is characterized by tender, red bumps, usually found on the shins. Quite often, erythema nodosum is not a separate disease, but, rather, a sign of some other disease, or of a sensitivity to a drug.

Diseases that can cause erythema nodosum:
  • streptococcal infections
  • sarcoidosis (inflammation of the lymph nodes and other organs)
  • leprosy
  • coccidioidomycosis (infection of the upper respiratory tract and lungs)
  • histoplasmosis (an infectious pulmonary disease)
  • tuberculosis
  • psittacosis (a flu-like disease)
  • lymphogranuloma venereum (a venereal infection)
  • ulcerative colitis
Treatment for erythema nodosum:

Specific treatment for erythema nodosum will be determined by your physician based on:

  • your age, overall health, and medical history
  • extent of the condition
  • your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • expectations for the course of the condition
  • your opinion or preference