The chief symptom of
is painful skin ulcers. These ulcers may begin as small pustules, often as the site of a minor injury, but they can enlarge up to 20 centimeters (or 7.9 inches). The ulcers may have a characteristic purple, rolled or undermined edge.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. He or she will refer you to a dermatologist, who specializes in conditions of the skin.
is diagnosed by its appearance and by ruling out other causes of skin ulceration. Tests may include the following:
Swabs to test for microorganisms
—removal of a sample of tissue to rule out other causes of the ulcers
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:
Steroid Medications and Cyclosporine
For most cases of
, steroid medications and cyclosporine are the first line of treatment. These medications are used to help suppress the body's immune system.
Steroid Creams or Injections
Topical steroid creams or injections of steroid into the lesion may help treat small ulcers.
Other medications have shown promise in treating
These medications include:
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a