Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
What Is Erythema Nodosum?
Erythema nodosum is a rare disorder that affects approximately one thousand patients per year. Typically peaking between the ages of 25 and 40, erythema nodosum is a condition that involves the inflammation of the fatty layer of the skin. It can result in sensitive, painful, red lumps or nodules that range in size from the diameter of a dime to a quarter. The erythema nodosum nodules typically go away after a period of three to six weeks without treatment; however, the nodules may leave behind slight bruises or a permanent indentation in the fatty layer of the skin.
Aside from the characteristic nodules, erythema nodosum also presents several additional symptoms. Fever, arthralgia and malaise typically appear prior to the outbreak of the nodules. Signs or symptoms of an underlying disease may also be present including gastrointestinal illness or respiratory distress.
Erythema nodosum may arise as a result of another illness or as a singular or isolated illness itself. Several factors contribute to the onset of erythema nodosum include certain medications, strep throat, fungal disease, mono, inflammatory bowel disease and a typical pregnancy. Additionally, certain individuals are more at risk for developing the condition. The common risk factors include being between the age of 25 and 40 years old, being female and having the HLA B8 genotype.
Natural Remedies for Erythema Nodosum
While erythema nodosum often heals without treatment, the symptoms can be uncomfortable and even painful. Natural remedies can alleviate the pain associated with the condition and expedite the healing process. Plant flavonoids are one of the best remedies for erythema nodosum as they are rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients. These flavonoids can be found in green tea, citrus fruits, vegetables, and rich grains like buckwheat. Likewise, many herbal poultices can be applied topically to relieve the condition. Chamomile, calendula, lemon balm, yarrow and aloe vera gel are all effective topical treatment aids.
05/13/2010: Bella from Louisville, Ky, Usa: "Ted,
By using Earthclinic for the last 3 years I am confident that you are the only one who will be able to come up with some kind of solution for me. I have a few questions to you.
1. Back in Mach I developed a few bumps on my legs that later became as hard as a stone. One bump on one leg and a few on another that actually grew and all became like huge one bump. I looked up on line and found the information about Erythema Nodosum. Pictures on line look like these are my legs, and the symptoms listed are my symptoms. My legs then started to swell (this is also one of symptoms listed on line). Also, the information I read says that 50% -the cause unknown, 49%- due to the infection: cold, strep, fungal infection, etc. I did have a very bad cold and sour throat and these bumps appeared in one week after the cold. Now it seems like they get better but started to itch.
I did a few things: I took hydrogen peroxide for 15 days (35% food grade, started from 1 drop in on cup for filtered water three times a day, increased to 10 drops). Then I took lemon juice (squeezing the whole lemon(with zest): 1st day-1 cup; 2nd day-2 cups and so on until 5th day- 5 cups, and them 5 cups for four day, then 4, 3,2,1 cup. Now I am on your alkalizing formula: Â½ tsp soda in 2 tbsp lemon juice in Â½ cup of H2O- two times a day : morning and evening. I paint my legs in the disease area with iodine. I ordered potassium iodide (as there is a suggestion that in 70% it goes away after administering potassium iodide).
Other than my legs I feel fine, no issues. But I don't know what else to do as at the evening my legs swell and it makes me difficult to walk. I cannot stand for a long time (thankfully my job does not require me to do so). I get so discourage that my body does not want to heal.
2. Also, I was having a hard time to find potassium iodide. I finally ended up with Sea-Adine by Heritage Product after reading your comments that with seaweed it is difficult to overdose iodine. Also, I purchased Potassium Iodide by Now food. How good these products are I have no idea. Seems like these don't have any preservatives, like others. Wanted to see if you give your suggestion for Iodine source.
3. Last one, I wanted to see if you have any solution on how to dissolve a fatty tumor (lipoma). I developed lipoma 11 years ago after arriving into the USA and making bad food choices ( due to not knowing the food industry in US). It does not grow much but it did grow from a size of 1 cm to a size of 3.5-4 cm for 11 years.
Thank you so much in advance!! I know you probably have more serious issues that people need your advice with. So if you have time to reply I will greatly appreciate it!"
07/27/2013: Geneva from Richmond, Virginia replies: "Thanks for bringing this up, Bella.
I've had the same lumps on my lower legs, off and on for three years. They first showed up soon after I started taking birth control pills, so a doctor told me that the pills must be the cause. But they've popped back up again almost a year since I've been off the hormones. What gives?
Do you know, EarthClinic people? I love you and all the great information on here. More wisdom about Erythema Nodosum, please and thanks!"
07/28/2013: Mike Giller from Denver, Colorado replies: "I had a viral infection that caused mouth ulcers to come and go intermittently. The pain of four mouth ulcers is excruciating. With other pathogens the inflammation would be continuous. I am guessing that because the inflammation is intermittent you have a viral infection of some type. Vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients kill viruses and strengthen the immune system. All nutrients are not equal. The electromagnetic vibrancy of nutrients from a raw organic carrot is going to be higher than that of a cooked conventionally grown one. Growing conditions and processing affect the bioactivity of nutrients. Baby leaves have the most nutrients of any land plant. They also contain growth factors not in mature leaves. The nutrients are locked up in the cellulose. Put 4 oz. organic baby spring mix, 4 oz. organic strawberries, some organic chili, and 1 gram of dried organic parsley in a blender. Add enough water to make 1 quart. After blending pour 4 oz. into a cup and put the rest in the fridge. Add 1 cup water and drink up. Do this 8 times a day. 4 times a day take 1 tsp flax oil and 1 tsp coconut oil. The coconut oil kills most viruses. For energy eat dried organic fruit. For protein, take nondenatured microfiltered whey protein isolate and non gmo red miso. For special nutrients and growth factors take absorbable colostrum. For special phytochemicals and chlorophyll take hawaiin spirulina and thin celled wall chlorella. Together these should simultaneously nourish the cells, detox the tissues, and kill the virus. For a salve put raw honey on the affected areas."