Erythema Nodosum – Symptoms and Treatment

Definition of Erythema Nodosum Erythema Nodosum – The eruption of red nodules along the top surfaces of the lower legs (shins). Erythema nodosum is nearly always a symptom of an underlying condition, often a streptococcal INFECTION, and represents INFLAMMATION of the fatty tissue at the foundation of the SKIN. Other symptoms include FEVER, PAIN and swelling in the joints, and generalized discomfort […]

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Lesion – Definition and Types

Definition of Lesion Lesion is a generalized term for any abnormal growth – can result from injury, disease, or surgery. Some lesions are malignant (cancerous) though most lesions are benign (noncancerous). Numerous types of lesions affect the SKIN. Their characteristics help define and diagnose disorders and conditions of the skin as well as systemic disorders that manifest […]

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Plaque, Skin – Definition, Symptoms and Treatment

Definition of Plaque (skin) Plaque (skin) – raised, hardened, scaly lesions that form on the SKIN. Plaques characterize numerous dermatologic conditions. They may itch, hurt, or flake and may occur in small clusters or cover large areas of skin. Treatment for skin plaques targets the underlying conditions and includes measures to moisturize or soften the skin to help […]

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Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis – Stevens Johnsons Syndrome

Definition of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis is a life-threatening inflammatory condition affecting the SKIN and underlying connective tissues, also called Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Toxic epidermal necrolysis usually results as an adverse drug reaction though may occur as a complication of INFECTION or CANCER. Doctors believe toxic epidermal necrolysis develops when an external event triggers the mechanism for programmed cell death […]

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