An aggressive inflammatory form of psoriasis- Erythrodemic Psoriasis

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Psoriasis are general a non serious skin condition, however, ertythrodemic psoriasis is severe and life threatening form which requires prompt medical attention.
Erythrodermic psoriasis is an aggressive inflammatory form of psoriasis characterized with a peeling rash across the entire surface of the body. This rash is itchy and burn intensely with high proliferation rate.

 

Causes

There is no known particular cause of the condition. However, it is considered by scientists to arise as a result of overactive immune system. In patients with psoriasis, there is an overproduction of T cells. It must be noted that T cells are a form of white blood cell that normally fight bacterial and viral infections. In psoriasis, these T cells attack healthy skin cells. The resulting increase in skin cells and T cells can lead to a range of symptoms.

 

Stimulants of the condition

Sunburn

Infection

Quiting psoriasis treatment suddenly

Emotional stress
High alcohol consumption

Allergic reactions and rashes

 

 

Symptoms

Severe skin redness over a large part of the body

Skin shedding occurring in large sheets rather than smaller flakes or scales

Pustules or blisters

Burnt-looking skin

Severe itching

Intense pain

High heart rate

Erratic body temperature

Swollen ankles

Joint pain

Possible Complications

Profuse sweat

Severe illness arising from loss of fluid and protein

Congestive heart failure
Excess swelling from fluid retention
Pneumonia
Sepsis

 
Diagnosis

Physical examination is highly effective on diagnosis the condition. When the body is 90 percent covered with severe redness and peeling, it is suggestive of erythrodermic psoriasis.

It is important to seek prompt medical attention, because severe, life-threatening complications may occur.

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Treatment

It is a difficult skin disorder to manage.

Topical steroid creams and moisturizers may be used to treat the condition

Wet dressings

Having adequate bed rest

Use of appropriate antibiotics to treat infections

Replacing lost body fluid with IV fluid and electrolyte

 

 

Prevention

Avoid or reduce stress

Avoid cold weather

Quit or reduce level of alcohol consumption

Avoid smoking



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