Chapter 8. Reactive Erythemas and Vasculitis

  1. Richard P. J. B. Weller MD, FRCP (Edin) Senior Lecturer1,
  2. John A. A. Hunter OBE, BA, MD, FRCP (Edin) Professor Emeritus of Dermatology2,
  3. John A. Savin MA, MD, ChB, FRCP, DIH Former Consultant Dermatologist3 and
  4. Mark V. Dahl BA, MD Professor of Dermatology former Chairman Professor Emeritus4,5

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch8

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Weller, R. P. J. B., Hunter, J. A. A., Savin, J. A. and Dahl, M. V. (2008) Reactive Erythemas and Vasculitis, in Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  2. 2

    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK

  4. 4

    College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

  5. 5

    University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146630

Online ISBN: 9781444300086



  • reactive erythemas and vasculitis;
  • urticaria pink, itchy or ‘burning’ swellings (wheals);
  • dermographism - common physical urticaria type;
  • hypersensitivity urticaria;
  • acute anaphylactic reactions as complications;
  • urticaria and endogenous causes;
  • erythema nodosum – subcutaneous fat (a panniculitis) inflammation;
  • acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis (Sweet's syndrome);
  • Wegener's granulomatosis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Urticaria (hives, ‘nettle-rash’)

  • Hereditary angioedema

  • Erythema multiforme

  • Erythema nodosum

  • Acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis (Sweet's syndrome)

  • Vasculitis

  • Polyarteritis nodosa

  • Wegener's granulomatosis

  • Further reading