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I have a seven-year-old daughter who was just diagnosed with Erythema Nodosum. I have a highly respected pediatrician following her, and I have managed to raise the eyebrows of 3 other pediatricians and 1 dermatologist. Knowing that this is a rare diagnosis for children, I just need more information.
Four days ago, my daughter presented with 5-6 2-3 cm nodules, hard, blue/red in color distributed on the ball of her left foot(only one foot), and in the middle of her instep. These nodules were accompanied by redness and puffiness of the entire foot and middle toes, with no localized pustulance or significant red streaking. It was very painful for her to walk, consequently she elevated and stayed off her foot for 2 days.
Possible causes may not be so concerning given that she started playing soccer and played hard on the day before symptoms arose - and may have irritated the bottom of her foot with some new cleats - however, she is always active and running and has never shown this before.
Also, at about the same time, she became congested with postnasal drip, bronchial irritation and coughing. Low grade temperatures over 2 days - never over 100.2. No sore throat - a strep culture was taken yesterday, with no results as of 18 hours later. She is not on any regular medications - and besides getting frequent colds with a history of ear infections - she has been a healthy child.
We would suggest you our full medical article on Erythema Nodosum for further information.
You are a fine medical observer. Your description of your daughter's case is of value to other parents and patients. Thank you for sharing it.