Erythema multiforme

Lyell's syndrome; Stevens-Johnson syndrome; Erythema multiforme minor; Erythema multiforme major

Erythema multiforme is a skin disorder that comes from an allergic reaction or infection.

Erythema multiforme on the hands

Erythema multiforme on the hands: These lesions are circular and may appear in concentric rings (often called target lesions). They may be associated with other medical conditions such as infections or medications. Cold sores (herpes simplex on the lips) is often associated with this condition.

Erythema multiforme, circular lesions - hands

Erythema multiforme lesions are circular and may appear in concentric rings (often called target lesions). Target lesions may also be associated with other medical conditions such as herpes infection, streptococcal infection, tuberculosis (TB), or as a reaction to chemicals or medications.

Erythema multiforme, target lesions on the palm

Erythema multiforme lesions are often referred to as target lesions because of the concentric rings the lesions produce. The "target" appearance is well demonstrated in this photograph.

Erythema multiforme on the leg

The red spots on this person's back appear where blisters (bullae) caused by Erythema multiforme have ruptured and the overlying skin removed (denuded). The resulting lesions are yellow-crusted ulcers (erosions). Erythema multiforme may be associated with herpes simplex infection, mycoplasma pneumonia, or other medical conditions such as streptococcal infection, tuberculosis (TB), or may result from exposure to chemicals or medications.

Erythema multiforme on the hand

This individual has erythema multiforme minor, with "target" lesions on his hands. His condition may result from a recurrent herpes simplex virus infection on the lip.

Exfoliation following erythroderma

This picture shows diffuse redness (erythema) and scaling on the arm.

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