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Erythema Multiforme: General

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Many vaccinees develop skin rashes after vaccination, almost all of which are benign, if occasionally frightening in appearance. Some are local skin reactions, while others appear to be hypersensitivity reactions, like erythema multiforme. These rashes require only symptomatic therapy. Rarely, a more serious eruption, Stevens Johnson Syndrome may occur, requiring more aggressive therapy which may include steroids. If possible, a dermatology consultation should be obtained before initiating steroid therapy.

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