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Take TEA’s A Patient’s Guide to Erythromelalgia to your doctor

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What is Erythromelalgia?

Erythromelalgia is a rare neurovascular condition that most commonly affects the feet, but may also occur in the hands, face, or other parts of the body. The term neurovascular means that both nerves and blood vessels are involved.

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How do I find out if I have Erythromelalgia?

The three hallmark symptoms of EM are:

  1. Redness, caused by excessive blood flow to the area
  2. Heat, meaning that the skin will feel warm or hot to the touch, also due to increased blood flow
  3. Pain, which may range from mild tingling to severe burning

Additional symptoms may include swelling caused by the buildup of fluid in the affected body part, changes in perspiration, or purple discoloration when not actively flaring. EM flares are most commonly triggered by warmth, physical activity, or stress. A medical doctor may be able to give you an official diagnosis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? TEA has compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions to provide generalized and educational information.