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What's the best treatment for erythema multiforme?

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  • Posted By: clairdeluny
  • April 12, 2009
  • 07:02 AM

I was diagnosed with erythema multiforme in 2004; flash forward this recurring rash is starting to look more like erythema multiforme major. I have terrible joint and muscle pains, I can barely sleep for all the pain,the rash is in my throat as well as mouth and lips. The rashes are all over my body in varying sizes and some have blisters, some don't, but the area where most of the rash is clustered tends to be on some type of joint, which I guess causes the joint to hurt. I have skin that burns incessantly to the point where I've been crying and begging for help with the pain, only to get 2 tylenols. I know that treating the pain only could make the EM major worse, so I do ask about corticosteroids, treatment for my hair (my scalp has rashes also). A doctor has prescribed acyclovir but with or without the acyclovir the rashes tends to start going away within 2-3 weeks. I'm seeking advice from someone who has been there or know of someone who has, and what treatment was given to address all of the problems (the burning skin, itching rash, bad joint and muscle pain, inability to sleep because of pain/discomfort)?

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