Exfoliative dermatitis is a manifestation of rapid epidermal cell turnover.
Symptoms and Signs
Pruritus, malaise, and chills
Diffuse erythema initially occurs in patches but spreads and involves all or nearly all of the body
- Diagnosis is by history and examination
- Biopsy is often nonspecific but is indicated when malignancy is suspected
- Blood tests may reveal hypoproteinemia, hypocalcemia, and iron deficiency aneamia
- The disease may be life threatening; hospitalization is often necessary. Treatment is of the underlying cause if known
- Skin care is with emollients and colloidal oatmeal baths
- Systemic corticosteroids are used in severe disease.