By Gary M. White, MD
This rash developed one day after the onset of fatigue, aches and pains.
Eruptive pseudoangiomatosis (EP) is an acute and self-limiting eruption characterized by symmetric, multiple red papules, often with a surrounding white halo.
- Both adults and children may be affected.
- EP may be infectious in nature as outbreaks in a small group living together has been described.
- However, viral studies have failed to reveal a cause.
- In this author's opinion, EP is similar to a viral exanthem.
The characteristic eruption is acute, symmetric, multiple red papules, often with a surrounding white halo. The extremities including the hands and feet are typically affected, but truncal and facial lesions have been observed. Children may present with a prodrome of malaise, fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea and URI.
The condition in children often resolves over several days whereas in adults, it typically lasts a week or two, but occasionally up to a month.
Archives of Dermatology 2004;140;758
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