Erythema Nodosum

Erythema Nodosum

Erythema Nodosum is a skin inflammatory condition which occurs mainly in the fatty layer of the skin (Rebsamen, Guenova, & Vallelian, 2017). Many other diseases lead to inflammation of the skin similar to erythema nodosum. Some of these conditions include occasional rashes which come for a short period and then disappear. They may also include chronic skin conditions like dermatitis also known as eczema, rosacea, only to mention but a few. Skin inflammation could also be as a result of direct contact with radiation or chemicals. This makes it important for a patient and a physician to understand the main cause of the inflammation before commitment to any drugs (Rebsamen et al., 2017).

For such a case, where a patient reports a tiny dark red lesion which produces pus and itching, it implies that the patient is suffering from either erythema or another disease or even an insect bite. This makes it important to seek more information from the patient in the form of questions. These questions should include the period the lesions have been present. This is because, for erythema, the lesions are mainly self-limiting in three to six weeks’ time. One should also seek to know if the patient has previously been treated of strep throat, infectious mononucleosis and other fungal diseases or even if the patient is using any of birth control pills, hormones or even pregnant since erythema is associated with these conditions. Still, one should identify if the patient has had an insect bite (Rebsamen et al., 2017).

Hispanic race being almost the smallest race group in the United States, it is good to approach the matter carefully and involve the patient by being caring. The disease could be assessed as erythema. This is because of its reluctant to respond to antibiotics.

It should be treated using anti-inflammatory drugs as well as corticosteroids. Diagnosis of this disease is also an easy one to undertake (Rebsamen et al., 2017).

References

Rebsamen, U., Guenova, E., & Vallelian, F. (2017). CME: Erythema nodosum. Praxis, 106(18), 973-979. doi:10.1024/1661-8157/a002775

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