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Exfoliative Dermatitis

Alternate Names : Erythroderma

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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.


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    Exfoliative Dermatitis: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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