Exfoliative dermatitis (ED), or erythroderma, is a rare disorder characterized by generalized redness and scaling involving >90% of the skin.
It may develop idiopathically (primary erythroder...
Diagnosis is made on a clinical basis.
Determination of the cause is often elusive, but history is the most important aid in finding the underlying etiology of ED.
A skin biopsy can reveal fea...
Cool tap water dressings
Application of intermediate-strength topical steroids (e.g., triamcinolone cream 0.025–0.1%) beneath wet dressings
Cool colloid baths with oatmeal (e.g., Aveeno)
Increase fluid intake.
Ensure adequate nutrition with emphasis on sufficient protein intake.
Prognosis of ED depends largely on underlying etiology.
In patients with idiopathic ...
Okoduwa C, Lambert WC, Schwartz RA, et al. Erythroderma: review of a potentially life-threatening dermatosis. Indian J Dermatol. 2009;54(1):1–6.
Rothe MJ, Bernstein ML, Grant-K...
L26 Exfoliative dermatitis
L53.9 Erythematous condition, unspecified
L27.0 Gen skin eruption due to drugs and meds taken internally
695.89 Other specified erythematous conditions
In its more severe manifestations, ED is a medical and dermatologic emergency.
In many cases, the underlying cause is never established.
Prednisone is generally contraindicated in ED sec...
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