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PLEVA, or Mucha-Habermann disease

What is the treatment for PLEVA?

- Jennifer / Canada

Mayo Clinic dermatologist Lawrence Gibson, M.D., and colleagues answer select questions from readers.


Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta (PLEVA), also called Mucha-Habermann disease, is a rare skin condition characterized by groups of small, raised, sometimes itchy red spots (papules), which may develop into blisters or open sores. The papules typically heal without treatment within several weeks. But they may recur. When needed, treatment for PLEVA may include:

  • Oral antibiotics, such as tetracycline or erythromycin
  • Ultraviolet light therapy (phototherapy)
  • Topical corticosteroids

The cause of PLEVA isn't known. It occurs most often in young adults. A doctor can confirm a diagnosis by a skin biopsy.


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Jul 15, 2007