Erythema Nodosum Treatment & Management

Updated: Aug 07, 2018
  • Author: Jeanette L Hebel, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

In most patients, erythema nodosum is a self-limited disease and requires only symptomatic relief using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cool wet compresses, elevation, and bed rest.

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Consultations

Consultations with a dermatologist and/or internist may be necessary for evaluation of the underlying cause of erythema nodosum.

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Activity

Patient mobility is restricted in the acute stages if pain and swelling are significant.

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Prevention

Restriction of physical activities while erythema nodosum is active may prevent exacerbations of the disease.

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Long-Term Monitoring

The course of erythema nodosum is benign and self-limited. Bed rest and restriction of physical activities is encouraged during the active phase.

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