Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
erythromelalgia e·ryth·ro·me·lal·gi·a (ĭ-rĭth'rō-mə-lāl'jē-ə, -jə)
Paroxysmal throbbing and burning pain in the skin, affecting one or both legs and feet, sometimes one or both hands, accompanied by a dusky mottled redness of the parts and associated with polycythemia vera, thrombocytemia, gout, neurological disease, or heavy-metal poisoning. Also called Mitchell's disease, red neuralgia.
rare disease in which the blood vessels of the hands and feet go through spasms of dilation associated with burning pain, increased skin temperature, and redness. The disease may be primary (in which case the cause is unknown), or secondary (caused by underlying disorders of the nervous system, blood, or vascular system). It may be exacerbated by external heat and exercise. Treatment includes rest, elevation of the extremity, and cold applications. Aspirin can be used to relieve pain.