Inflammation of the skin and below it tissue (fat cells), which results in the formation of red painful nodules ranging in size from cherry to orange, usually called erythema nodosum. Such nodules on the skin can be a symptom of various diseases, but approximately one third of the cases the cause can not be established and erythema nodosum is seen as a separate disease.
Causes of nodules on the skin
- certain medications (oral contraceptives, sulfonamides, iodides and bromides.
- Infectious diseases (tuberculosis, streptococcal infection, yersiniosis, etc.).
- Autoimmune diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.).
- Chronic inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, etc.).
- Tumor disease (including blood).
What to do in case of nodules on the skin?
When first encountered the knotty erythema possible independent use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the symptoms. Also recommended to keep the legs in the raised position (if possible), use elastic bandages and stockings. You can use compresses. Usually rashes are red and painful for up to 10 days. If you are still having rash you should consult a doctor to clarify the causes of erythema nodosum and the selection of appropriate treatment.
It is not recommended to use topical steroids, especially long-term.
The ineffectiveness of not steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, especially over a long period of time, you must consult a doctor.
Independently use a variety of herbal and homeopathic medicines, as continued exposure to avoidable causes (medications, hormonal contraceptives) can exacerbate the disease.
What doctor to contact if there are nodules on the skin?
- a General practitioner (family doctor) or a therapist
- Infectious disease
- Pulmonologist, TB specialist