What Makes this Type of Psoriasis Different

Erythrodermic psoriasis is an uncommon but severe form of psoriasis. The rash is characterized by full-body inflammation, typically covering more than 75 percent of skin. The psoriasis is very rare, accounting for just 3 percent of people who have the condition. In addition to presenting as a full-body rash, this psoriasis causes severe protein and fluid loss, which can lead to severe illness. This includes edema, or swelling from fluid retention, and infection.

Erythrodermic psoriasis can be life threatening. If you suspect you have this form of the condition, contact your dermatologist immediately. Zel Skin & Laser Specialists is equipped to help treat your psoriasis.


Causes of Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Like all forms of psoriasis, a triggered autoimmune response causes erythrodermic psoriasis. These triggers will vary by person, but some common experiences include:

  • Severe sunburn
  • Infection
  • Emotional stress
  • Alcoholism
  • Use of steroids
  • Abrupt withdrawal from a systemic treatment or medication
  • Allergy


Symptoms and Complications

The large-scale rash is the most notable symptom of this psoriasis. Severe redness will appear over most of the body. In most cases, this resembles a burn. When exfoliation and shedding happen, skin will come off in sheets rather than the smaller scales typical of the more common plaque psoriasis. The rash is often accompanied by a heart rate increase, severe itching, intense pain, and body temperature fluctuation.

Importantly, erythrodermic psoriasis can cause protein and fluid loss, which can be potentially life threatening. Edema, or swelling from fluid retention, is known to develop, as ell as infection, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure. People with severe cases of this type of psoriasis will require hospitalization, so talk to your doctor if you begin exhibiting symptoms.


Erythrodermic Psoriasis Treatment

While there is no erythrodermic psoriasis treatment that cures the condition, several medications can help reduce symptoms. Oral medications might include etanercept, adalimumab, golimumab, infliximab, and cyclosporine. Additionally, methotrexate, a treatment used in some cancer patients, can be an effective treatment for this psoriasis condition. Your doctor will also likely prescribe topical medications and pain relievers to control discomfort.

Erythrodermic psoriasis is a severe condition and can only be treated by a doctor. To receive the care and medication you need, contact your dermatologist at the onset of symptoms.

When to See a Doctor for Erythrodermic Psoriasis

If you suspect you have erythrodermic psoriasis, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Like other forms of the condition, the rash can become dangerous very quickly. To that end, the medications known to successfully mitigate symptoms are available only with a doctor’s prescription. To address this type of psoriasis, you will need to visit the dermatologist.

Zel Skin & Laser Specialists is uniquely prepared to help you understand your condition. If you have any symptoms, contact us to schedule a consultation. We can help develop a treatment that works for you.


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