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Erythrodermic psoriasis

Erythroderma is a generalised redness of the skin. It is a very severe skin condition that can be fatal. It can be the result of many inflammatory skin conditions, drugs and malignancies but in a third of cases it is due to psoriasis.

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Erythrodermic psoriasis

Clinical features

Erythrodermic psoriasis usually occurs in the setting of known worsening or unstable psoriasis but may uncommonly be the first presentation of psoriasis.

Erythrodermic psoriasis may be precipitated by:

Complications include:

What is the treatment for erythrodermic psoriasis?

Treatment of erythrodermic psoriasis can be difficult. Management includes:

Oral corticosteroids should be avoided if possible because withdrawal risks worsening of the erythrodermic state or even generalised pustular psoriasis. However, sometimes they are the only treatment that helps.

Topical tar preparations and phototherapy should also be avoided in the early treatment of erythrodermic psoriasis as they may worsen the condition.

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Author: Dr Amy Stanway, Department of Dermatology, Health Waikato

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