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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is reticular erythematous mucinosis?

This is an uncommon condition where abnormal amounts of mucin (a family of proteins) accumulates in the skin, typically on the chest or back. Small red bumps appear in a 'net-like' pattern. The cause is unclear, but may be associated with sun exposure and most common in middle-aged women.

Symptoms of reticular erythematous mucinosis

  • There is a net-like or circular rash on parts of my skin

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for reticular erythematous mucinosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose reticular erythematous mucinosis

  • Does your skin have a circular or target like pattern?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

Treatment for reticular erythematous mucinosis

The condition itself is not serious, but as it may ressemble other diseases which need to ruled out. Generally, reticular erythematous mucinosis can be treated with oral medication, creams/ ointments, UV-B irrradiation and adequate sun protection.

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  • Red skin


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