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erythema multiforme SCARS!!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 19, 2007
  • 11:02 PM

i have suffered from erythema multiforme for about 4 yrs now and have leftover spots from where the the "target" like spots were.I've gone to the a dermatologist and he said that since i am a person of "color" these "stains" would take months to go away.Well, it has been years and the spots have not subsided.In fact, i still have severely painful bouts with EM about every 3-4 months or so(usually preceded by a cold sore on my lip)I'm beginning to wonder if i have been misdiagnosed and should be tested for other diseases even though i've been tested for hiv/aids and others several times.All of which came back negative.Will these scars/stains ever go away? Is there any chance of this disease ever stopping.It has ruined my life and i don't feel i can ever be the same again.SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!

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  • I also have had bouts of EM almost 6 times a year and have been on prophylaxis (valtrex 500mg/day) but still i get outbreaks. It's very frustrating because the scars on my face, lips and a 5mm scar on my neck is getting wider each time i get an outbreak. Like you, it is not funny being stared by "innocent" people. No dermatologic help can at least subside the scars, but to lure myself that it's gonna be "Ok". I know it is difficult, but i have no other choice. I have read many articles on EM that it does not scar, hey, IT DOES!i have suffered from erythema multiforme for about 4 yrs now and have leftover spots from where the the "target" like spots were.I've gone to the a dermatologist and he said that since i am a person of "color" these "stains" would take months to go away.Well, it has been years and the spots have not subsided.In fact, i still have severely painful bouts with EM about every 3-4 months or so(usually preceded by a cold sore on my lip)I'm beginning to wonder if i have been misdiagnosed and should be tested for other diseases even though i've been tested for hiv/aids and others several times.All of which came back negative.Will these scars/stains ever go away? Is there any chance of this disease ever stopping.It has ruined my life and i don't feel i can ever be the same again.SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!
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