Erythema Multiforme

Erythema Multiforme

An inflammatory eruptions characterized by symmetric erythematous lesions of the skin or mucous membranes. It’s onset is usually sudden with macules, papules and vesicles appearing most commonly on the dorsum of the hand and feet, face, limbs and sometimes eye’s. It is most commonly seen in women and in the winter and spring.

The eruptions can be induced by certain drugs and sea food. The eruptions will be watery blisters which are red, swollen and have a ’rainbow’ like macule color.

The patient may feel a burning pain with itching, fever, headache, sore throat and depending or local area of the rash it may cause blindness (eye), breathing impairment (nose) or urinary/defecating disorders (perineum).


Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Erytema Multiforme:


Wind Cold - Gui Zhi Tang Damp Heat - Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Toxic Fire - Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin

EXTERNAL San Huang Tang Wash (Huang Lian, Huang Bai, Da Huang) Add Qing Dai Cream after wash

Add Ci Gui Xiong if ulcerated


Erythema Nodosum

An inflammation response (allergic reaction) of the deep dermis layer and subcutaneous fatty layer characterized by tender red nodules mostly found on the lower limbs. Eruptions can be either red or purple and are most common in young females in spring or fall. The inflammation usually starts with superficial symptoms of a headache and joint aches before the eruptions begin.


Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Erythema Nodosum


Damp Heat - Acute -beginning stage, headache, joint pain, bright red eruptions with pain and constipation.

Herbal Formula: San Miao San -severe superficial symptoms + Jing Jie, Jie Geng, Niu Bang Zi -joint pain + Qiang Hou, Wei Ling Xian, Mu Gua -lower limb swelling + Chi Xiao Dou, Bei Xie, Fang Ji, Dong Gua Pi


Blood Stasis - Chronic - purple eruptions with hard nodules, distended pain effecting lower limbs with a heavy sensation and a dark tongue

Herbal Formula: Tao Hong Si Wu Tang + damp heat herbs ( Huang Bai, Bei Xie) EXTERNAL Jing Huang Gao

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