Erythema Multiforme Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Erythema Multiforme treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Erythema Multiforme

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Eliminating the trigger or cause (if known)
  • Relieving the symptoms
  • Preventing infection of the lesions (in erythema multiforme major)

Treatment options include the following:

Management of Symptoms

  • Moist compresses
  • Oral antihistamines to help control itching
  • Topical steroid creams to help discomfort and itching
  • Acetaminophen to reduce pain and fever

Antiviral Medications

  • Given if the outbreak is caused by herpes simplex
  • Prevent recurrence
  • Not effective in treating the current rash
  • Most often used for people with frequent outbreaks

Erythema Multiforme Major

  • Oral or IV steroids-for severe cases may be treated with (there is some controversy about the effectiveness of this option)
  • Hospitalization-for widespread, life-threatening lesions


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