Alternate Names : Erythroderma
Exfoliative dermatitis is the term for large areas of skin that are covered by a rash. It can be life-threatening in its most severe form.
What is going on in the body?
Exfoliative dermatitis is caused by an underlying condition. This underlying condition may be a skin disorder or it may be something totally unrelated to the skin.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
The causes of exfoliative dermatitis include:
certain medications, such as penicillin, sulfonamides, isoniazid, phenytoin, and barbiturates
skin diseases, such as psoriasis
lymphomas, or cancers of the lymph nodes
In many cases, no cause can be found.