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What does erythrodermic psoriasis look like?

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Posted on Fri, 16 Oct 2015 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: What does the life threatening rash on erythrodermic psoriasis look like? What does this mean is happening to you?
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Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar 16 minutes later
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More than 90% body involvement

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Thanks for the query.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder in which skin exfoliates at a very high rate.
When this involves more than 90 % body area it is called as erythroderma.
Skin is very important for maintaining body temperature and to prevent water loss.
In erythroderma body looses water profusely which may lead to kidney failure hence it is life threatening.
We control such cases with oral methotrexate or steroids.
Let me know if you have any other doubts.
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