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Exfoliative dermatitis

Definition

Exfoliative dermatitis is widespread scaling of the skin, often with itching (pruritus), skin redness (erythroderma), and hair loss.

Alternative Names

Erythroderma; Dermatitis exfoliativa

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

It may occur in severe cases of many common skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It is sometimes caused by an allergy to drugs.

Symptoms

Signs and tests

Treatment

A person with erythroderma or exfoliative dermatitis often needs hospital care or admission to an intensive-care burn unit.

Support Groups

Expectations (prognosis)

Complications

Calling your health care provider

Prevention

References

Habif TP. Exanthems and drug eruptions. In: Habif TP, ed. . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009: chap 14.

 

Usatine RP, Krejci-Manwaring J. Dermatology. In: Rakel RE, ed.. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 33.

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