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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is erythroderma?

This is a severe and potentially deadly skin condition where there is inflammation and redness involving almost all the skin of the body. This is triggered by various causes, such as certain drugs and viral infections.

Symptoms of erythroderma

  • Bumps containing pus

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Skin Itching

  • Skin over the entire body is red

  • Hair loss

  • Change in nail color

  • Skin problem on the chest, tummy or back

Questions your doctor may ask to check for erythroderma

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose erythroderma

  • Do you have bumps on your skin with pus?

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have skin redness over the whole body?

  • Have you felt that you are losing more hair recently?

Treatment for erythroderma

This usually requires hospitalisation to maintain fluid and salt balance. If caused by drugs, the culprit medicine must be stopped, and antibiotic injections may be given to prevent infections.

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