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Erythema Multiforme Lawsuit

Erythema Multiforme Lawsuit

Erythema multiforme is a skin rash that is sometimes caused by allergic reactions to medications like Avelox, Cipro, Lamictal, Dilantin, Motrin, and Zithromax.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting erythema multiforme induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a severe skin rash, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Overview

Erythema multiforme (EM) is a skin reaction that causes a rash, blisters, and inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes (eyes, lips, mouth, genitals, etc.). EM is split into “major” and “minor” categories.

Erythema Multiforme Minor

Most cases of EM are minor and only involve a small skin rash that is slightly itchy or uncomfortable. EM minor does not involve mucous membranes. It usually heals completely without scarring in 2-3 weeks.

Erythema Multiforme Major

EM major is very rare but potentially deadly. Medications are usually responsible for EM major. Up to 10% of the skin dies and peels off the body. Lesions and blisters may also develop on mucous membranes.

Herpes and Erythema Multiforme

Herpes simplex virus (HSV1) is the most common cause of erythema multiforme, usually 3-14 days after a mouth sore or a cold sore on their lip. Other infections with bacteria or viruses can also cause EM.

Medications and Erythema Multiforme

Antibiotics, ibuprofen and other NSAID painkillers, and anti-seizure medications have been linked to erythema multiforme. The following medications are associated with this rare side effect:

Erythema Multiforme vs. SJS and TEN

Erythema multiforme is a distinct illness that is sometimes misdiagnosed as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). These illnesses all have similar symptoms, but erythema multiforme is far more common, usually less serious, and mostly triggered by herpes rather than medications.

Early Signs of Erythema Multiforme

An itchy rash starts on the hands or feet. It is sometimes accompanied by fever, fatigue, or muscle aches. The rash spreads to the limbs, upper body, and face. It may resemble a target or “bulls-eye.” In severe cases, blisters and lesions develop on the skin. The eyes, lips, mouth, nose, and genitals become inflamed. The rash becomes very painful, raised, and red patches join together into one rash.

Other Symptoms of Erythema Multiforme

  • Fever
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache and muscle aches
  • Mouth sores
  • Lips become swollen, inflamed, and crusty
  • Genital sores
  • Trouble swallowing, eating, or drinking
  • Blurry vision
  • Vision loss

Long Term Effects of Erythema Multiforme

Complete recovery takes 2-3 weeks and long-term side effects are very rare. The most common complication is scarring or disfigurement due to an infection. Some people develop permanent blindness or organ damage.

Life After Erythema Multiforme

Erythema multiforme can return after it heals. Patients who have frequent herpes outbreaks may need to take an anti-viral medication. When erythema multiforme is caused by an allergic reaction to a medication, the patient should never take that medication again.

Do I have an Erythema Multiforme Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting erythema multiforme induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a severe skin rash, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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