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    Old 05-31-2003, 09:40 PM   #1
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    I have had a rather violent rash on my hands and arms for the past several days. I went to the emergency room twice and finally got referred to a dermatology clinic. They doctor I saw there said I had Erythema Multiforme (EM) which is an allergic reaction that results in a wild variety of skin lesions.

    At first I thought I had some reaction to a detergent or something. But now my husband is developing the same rash and I started looking on the internet.

    Apparently 90% of EM cases are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (usually type I--the cold sore kind). And most other cases by an allergic reaction to a medication.

    Well, neither my husband nor I have had any kind of new medication lately. I suppose we could have the cold sore type of herpes although neither one of us have ever had a cold sore.

    So, has anyone ever heard of getting EM from an allergic reaction to something like detergent or something (we have been staying in a hotel for the last week and a half due to a flood at our place)?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated as I am a little worried about this.



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    Old 06-05-2003, 02:48 PM   #2
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    Thanks for the info.

    My skin biopsy from the Derm clinic came back as probably not EM(though they could not rule out an early case) and consistant with a medication reaction (even though neither my husband nor I have started any new meds). My Primary doctor really doesn't think it's EM since both my husband and I have it at the same time (as you said). When he looked at it he thought it looked more like a bug bite reaction.

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