Erythema - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Jul 11, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for erythema?

Since erythema is a skin condition, you should consult a dermatologist or a skin specialist for the diagnosis and treatment.

2. Is erythema infectious or fatal?

Erythema can certainly become fatal in severe cases especially in patients with SJS and TENS. For the most part, it is not infectious unless the patient has a history of infection.

3. Can erythema recur?

Depending on the cause of erythema, it can recur. If erythema caused due to an infection is not fully treated, then it has chance of recurring.

4. Is erythema multiforme contagious?

Erythema multiforme is not contagious. A person can develop this condition after getting vaccination such as Tdap and hepatitis B vaccine.

5. What is known as facial erythema?


Facial erythema or facial redness in most noticeable in fair skin people. It occurs as a result of cutaneous blood vessel dilation and increased blood flow to the skin.

6. What causes erythema nodosum?


Conditions associated with erythema nodosum include sulfa-related drugs, birth control pills, strep throat, cat scratch disease, fungal diseases, infectious mononucleosis, sarcoidosis, Behcet's disease, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), and normal pregnancy.

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